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Sporting News selects Eric DeCosta as NFL Executive of the Year

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In just his second season as general manager of the Baltimore Ravens, Eric Decosta has been named Sporting News’ NFL Executive of the Year. The award was voted on by fellow NFL executives in December of 2019.

DeCosta has quickly made a name for himself as one of the premier general managers in the NFL after taking over for longtime Ravens GM Ozzie Newsome. Newsome was considered one of the best at his job for 23 years in Baltimore, while DeCosta quietly waited in the shadows for his day to come. When that day finally arrived for the eager DeCosta, he wasted no time in making his presence felt across the league.

DeCosta has already developed a reputation as a master of the trade block. Perhaps DeCosta’s most infamous move was trading undrafted K/P Kaare Vedvik to the Minnesota Vikings for a 5th-round pick in 2019. The Vikings ended up cutting Vedvik not long after. DeCosta’s next big trade was for CB Marcus Peters, who he acquired from the Los Angeles Rams for a 5th-round pick and LB Kenny Young. The Ravens had a resurgence on defense midway through the season and Peters was a huge reason for that, as he finished the year as an All-Pro and made the Pro Bowl alongside CB Marlon Humphrey.

DeCosta’s first ever draft pick also payed dividends for Baltimore in 2019. Rookie WR Marquise “Hollywood” Brown instantly showed why DeCosta selected him with the 25th overall pick, as he exploded onto the scene with four receptions for 147 yards and two touchdowns against the Miami Dolphins to open the 2019 season.

DeCosta’s most recent splash came via trade yet again, when he traded for former All-Pro defensive end and Walter Payton Man of the Year Calais Campbell from the Jacksonville Jaguars for yet another 5th-round pick. Campbell looks to provide a significant boost to the defensive line, both as a pass rusher and run stuffer.

It’s safe to say that DeCosta has earned the title of NFL Executive of the Year, as agreed upon by his peers.