Ever since the Ravens moved to Baltimore from Cleveland in 1996, Eric DeCosta has been in the shadows of either head coaches or general managers. Now, it’s his time to step into the spotlight and under the microscope.
Instead of caving in to some public sentiment after the first days teams could negotiate with free agents, Ravens general manager Eric DeCosta waited until the high money was invested into the so-called top unrestricted free agents and then walked away with one of the best safeties in the NFL.
Establishing a national holiday on the day after these events would not eliminate all workplace inefficiency on those days, but it would significantly reduce the amount of hours lost in missed work and low productivity of the post-event Walking Dead.
Ed Reed left a unique mark on the Ravens and the NFL in his 12 years as a big-play safety. On Saturday, Reed could become the third homegrown Raven, after Jonathan Ogden and Ray Lewis, to make the Pro Football Hall of Fame in his first year of eligibility.
“I think sometimes people would think that maybe I’d be embarrassed that I started off as an intern now that I’m a GM, that I want to forget that,” Eric DeCosta said. “To be honest with you, I cherish that."
With a full offseason in the same system and the knowledge that he is the Ravens’ undisputed starting running back, Alex Collins is hoping to build on the 973-yard, six-touchdown season he enjoyed in 2017.
NFL players respond to President Donald Trump: “These are problems that our government has created, many of which occur at the local level,” they wrote. “If President Trump thinks he can end these injustices if we deliver him a few names, he hasn’t been listening to us.”