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Linked to Dolphins' GM vacancy, sources say Eric DeCosta not expected to leave Ravens

Ravens assistant general manager Eric DeCosta was listed Friday among the potential candidates the Miami Dolphins are pursuing for their general manager opening, but DeCosta isn't expected to leave the AFC North franchise, according to sources.

The Miami Herald reported Friday that the Dolphins contacted DeCosta for an interview for the opening.


Both the Ravens and DeCosta have now been contacted by the Dolphins, sources told The Baltimore Sun.

Because of his lucrative contract with the Ravens that designates him as the successor to general manager Ozzie Newsome and compensates him at a level commensurate with NFL general managers along with his strong family ties in Baltimore, DeCosta isn't expected to pursue the Dolphins' job.


DeCosta has repeatedly declined job overtures from other organizations, including the Chicago Bears, Seattle Seahawks and Oakland Raiders.

"It's a relationship business," DeCosta told The Baltimore Sun at the NFL scouting combine last February. "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.

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"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, 42, 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.

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