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Eric DeCosta Officially Assumes Ravens General Manager Duties

January 10, 2019 - 11:36 pm

By Joe Schiller

For the first time in franchise history, the Baltimore Ravens have a general manager not named Ozzie Newsome.

The team made an official announcement yesterday that Eric DeCosta will begin his new role as general manager today.

However, unlike most hirings, this was a succession plan put in place in advance. Ravens owner Steve Bisciotti announced on February 2nd that DeCosta would take over for Newsome in the front office.

A Hall of Fame tight end, Newsome spent 22 years at the helm in Baltimore, putting together a Canton-worthy resume as a front office executive. He helped bring two Super Bowls to the Charm City (2000 and 2012), along with 11 postseason appearances.

DeCosta joined the Ravens as a scouting intern and worked his way up through the organization. He was named assistant general manager in 2012 and served as Newsome’s right-hand-man.

Pundits and fans alike will be interested to see how DeCosta differs from Newsome as the GM. As close as the two are, this is a pivotal offseason for the Ravens despite capturing an AFC North division title and playoff berth.

What transpires over the coming months will give us a feel of the direction Baltimore is looking to head in.