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Ozzie Newsome not expected to leave Ravens for Alabama AD vacancy

Ravens general manager Ozzie Newsome always speaks with special affection about Alabama, where he became a football legend playing for the late Bear Bryant.

He's a huge supporter of the Crimson Tide and returns as often as he can to speak to current Alabama players. He also has a great relationship with Alabama coach Nick Saban, a former colleague with the original Cleveland Browns.

Now, Newsome is being mentioned for the athletic director vacancy at Alabama with longtime administrator Mal Moore stepping down Wednesday after being hospitalized recently due to heart problems.

Although Newsome would obviously be a popular choice to succeed Moore, the native of Muscle Shoals, Ala., it's regarded as a major long shot to leave the Ravens at this time. As in, Newsome isn't interested in running the powerhouse Alabama athletic department because he prefers his current post as the architect of the Super Bowl champions

When asked about the vacancy, Newsome replied: "I already have a great job."

Newsome loves his job and is busy as usual overseeing the Ravens' free agency activities and draft preparations. Should Newsome ever retire or take another job, the Ravens have a succession plan already in place with assistant general manager Eric DeCosta under contract with the understanding that he would take over if Newsome, a Pro Football Hall of Fame tight end, should leave.

After the Ravens' Super Bowl victory over the San Francisco 49ers, the second championship team Newsome constructed, Newsome told Baltimore Sun columnist Mike Preston that he has no intentions of retiring.

"That's not  even close," Newsome said. "Really, I enjoy the guys I  work with and I think we have a great staff. I really, really enjoy the players and my relationships with them, and that helps me in coming to work every day.  Of course, winning helps, too."

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Baltimore Sun columnist Mike Preston contributed to this article.

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