Ravens owner Steve Bisciotti announced Friday that long-time general manager Ozzie Newsome will step down after the 2018 season. Assistant general manager Eric DeCosta will take over.
"[Newsome] assured me he's not going anywhere and he will work with me and work with Eric for a smooth transition," Bisciotti said at his State of The Ravens press conference. "He will be the highest-paid scout in America when Eric takes over next year."
After a 13-year playing career as a tight end in Cleveland, Newsome joined the Browns front office. When the team moved to Baltimore in 1996, Newsome followed as vice president of player personnel before being elevated to general manager in 2002. Newsome was the first African American general manager in the NFL.
The Ravens have made the playoffs in 10 of Newsome's 22 seasons in the front office. Baltimore also has the fourth-most playoff wins and the second-highest playoff win percentage (.652) under Newsome's watch.
The end of the Newsome era will finally allow DeCosta to take control of Baltimore's roster. The long-time assistant has been a sought-after general manager candidate for many other openings across the league. Often DeCosta turned down those interviews, instead desiring to bide his time under Newsome before eventually taking over the Ravens.