After firing their general manager Ruston Webster on famous "Black Monday," the Tennessee Titans have set their sites on one of the most targeted general manager candidates in the league. Ravens assistant general manager Eric DeCosta has been the apple of many teams' eyes over the years, never budging from his spot within Baltimore's organization despite what is undoubtedly some really good offers.
One target for the Tennessee Titans in their GM search: Ravens assistant GM Eric DeCosta. Aiming high. We'll see if he considers it.— Albert Breer (@AlbertBreer) January 5, 2016
Many expect that DeCosta is the guy the Ravens have been grooming to take over the general manager spot from Ozzie Newsome when he finally decides to step down, with owner Steve Bisciotti saying as much in a Baltimore Sun interview.
Q: You talked last year of trying to reach an agreement with Eric DeCosta to essentially make him "the GM in waiting." Did you do that?
A: We worked out a nice new contract with Eric that gives him a lot of financial incentive to stay. It's not enough to stop him from leaving but enough to encourage him to stay. We addressed it right after the draft. He was very appreciative and very happy. With this new agreement, I think it would take a perfect job in the perfect city in order for Eric to say he's not willing to be Ozzie's successor.
Knowing that he has the backing of one of the best organizations in football, fellow teams asking to interview him has resulted in no movement from DeCosta. Though part of that could be from the last time the Ravens lost a general manager candidate.
Phil Savage was an original Browns scout that found his way into the administrative side of things, eventually holding the title of Director of Player Personnel for the Baltimore Ravens. With Newsome looking like he wasn't going to leave for quite a bit longer, when the Cleveland Browns came knocking and offered Savage the chance to be a general manger, he jumped on it. Three years and a ton of turmoil later, the Browns would clean house as they tend to do a little too regularly and Savage was unemployed.
With such a poor showing by Phil Savage, it could be easy to see why DeCosta is less than interested in moving away from Baltimore unless the perfect situation arises. Some have said that an opening with the New England Patriots could lure him away as it is closer to his childhood home and family.
So while the Titans are taking a hard look, have no fear that Eric DeCosta will stick around for another year.