Eric DeCosta not expected to pursue general manager openings, sources say

Ravens assistant general manager Eric DeCosta.
Ravens assistant general manager Eric DeCosta. (Algerina Perna, Baltimore Sun)

The New York Jets and Chicago Bears have both requested permission to interview Ravens assistant general manager Eric DeCosta, but he isn't expected to leave the organization.

DeCosta isn't expected to pursue those job opportunities, according to sources with knowledge of the situation, because of his status and compensation as general manager-in-waiting behind general manager Ozzie Newsome, his strong family ties to Baltimore and his loyalty to the organization.


"Eric's not going anywhere," a source told The Baltimore Sun on Thursday.

The Bears have requested permission and are expected to interview Ravens director of pro personnel Vince Newsome, according to former NFL executive John Wooten, the director of the Fritz Pollard Alliance.


The Jets haven't put in a request to interview Vince Newsome, no relation to Ozzie Newsome, according to a source with knowledge of the situation.

The Miami Dolphins and Jets have made overtures in the past to DeCosta, but were declined. He also has declined opportunities in the past from other franchises, including the Bears, Seattle Seahawks and Oakland Raiders.

DeCosta, 43, rarely comments on job openings, but he has told The Baltimore Sun previously that he's happy with the Ravens. He has been with the Ravens since their inaugural season in 1996. He was promoted to director of college scouting in 2003, to director of player personnel in 2009 and to his current job in 2012.

"It's a relationship business," DeCosta said previously. "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."

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 lineman Marshal Yanda, running back Ray Rice and Super Bowl XVLII Most Valuable Player quarterback Joe Flacco.

"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.

"I love being a part of the Ravens and plan to stay here and help them win championships," DeCosta said in the statement. "I have no intentions of leaving this team."



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