Two seasons ago, it was the Chicago Bears.
Bears request permission for GM interviews w/ KC’s Chris Ballard, Tenn's Lake Dawson, Balt's Eric DeCosta, Hou's Brian Gaine, NO's Ryan Pace— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) December 31, 2014
Last season, the Tennessee Titans.
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
This year, the Indianapolis Colts want a shot.
Per source, the Colts have requested to interview Ravens ass't GM Eric DeCosta for their GM spot. DeCosta is close to coach Chuck Pagano.— Albert Breer (@AlbertBreer) January 24, 2017
For many years, even before the Bears attempt, GM Eric DeCosta received requests for interviews. Every single time, he’s denied.
It’s nothing personal, I’m sure he’d enjoy a chance in the big seat, but for now, he’s sitting on a throne to-be. Though his title may be “Assistant GM”, there is no doubt Ozzie & Eric both lead this team come draft season.
Once more, we all expect Mr. DeCosta to deny the request. His job security with Baltimore is top notch, and it’s rumored he is paid handily by owner Steve Bisciotti to sit in the backseat a little longer.
It’s quite incredible really, most seasons multiple teams lose or fire their general manager, beginning their search party to lead the front office. For the Baltimore Ravens, they not only have one of the best in the game with Ozzie, they also have the eventual replacement on staff, receiving good pay and only learning more from the Wizard.
Undoubtedly, DeCosta will receive GM status in the coming years, and Baltimore will continue enjoying NFL Draft success. Though the expectation is a denial of request, we’ll all still feel slightly relieved the “GM to be” officially won't be leaving.