The New York Jets have put in a formal request to interview highly regarded Ravens assistant general manager Eric DeCosta for their general manager vacancy, according to sources with knowledge of the situation.
It's unclear, though, if DeCosta will interview because of his contractual status as the Ravens' general manager in waiting behind general manager Ozzie Newsome, according to sources.
DeCosta is annually a top target of NFL teams seeking a new personnel boss, but has been hesitant to leave the Ravens due to his strong position here.
The Miami Dolphins and Jets made overtures last year to DeCosta, but were declined.
DeCosta has a lucrative contract that compensates him at a level commensurate with NFL general manager and has strong family ties in Baltimore.
He has declined job overtures from other organizations in the past, including the Chicago Bears, Seattle Seahawks and Oakland Raiders.
Former NFL general managers Charley Casserly and Ron Wolf are leading the Jets' search for a new general manager and coach after owner Woody Johnson fired general manager John Idzik and coach Rex Ryan, the former Ravens defensive coordinator.
DeCosta rarely comments on job openings, but has told The Baltimore Sun previously that he's happy with the Ravens.
"It's a relationship business," DeCosta said. "I'm fortunate to work with a bunch of great guys. It's a great place to work. I appreciate that side of the business. Individual achievement comes and goes. At the end of the day, you look at the guys you work with, and the friendships you develop, and that's the most important thing.
"We have a great team of guys who have their roles whether it's Steve Bisciotti as owner, or Ozzie Newsome, Dick Cass as president, [vice president of football administration] Pat Moriarty, [director of pro personnel] Vince Newsome, [director of college scouting] Joe Hortiz, [senior personnel assistant] George Kokinis, the scouts and the coaching staff. We work very well together."
DeCosta, 43, has been with the Ravens since their inaugural season in 1996.
During his time as an executive after being promoted to director of college scouting in 2003 and director of player personnel in 2009, the Ravens have selected Pro Bowl selections like outside linebacker Terrell Suggs, nose tackle Haloti Ngata, offensive guard Marshal Yanda, running back Ray Rice and Super Bowl XVLII Most Valuable Player quarterback Joe Flacco.
DeCosta was promoted from director of player personnel to assistant general manager in 2012.
"There is no doubt that our main plan for life without Ozzie would be Eric DeCosta as the GM," owner Steve Bisciotti told the Sun in 2012. "Like I've said, it's impossible to guarantee that, but we did again restructure Eric's contract in a way where I think he's off the market for a few years. He's very happy with us and happy working with Ozzie. They have about the best relationship in football in terms of working in front offices. I'm very lucky to have both of them helping them build our team."
Two years ago, DeCosta issued a statement through the team saying he had no plans to leave the organization.