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Ravens GM Ozzie Newsome to Step Down Following the 2018 Season

The Baltimore Ravens had a rough end to the 2017 season, losing in the season finale to the lowly Cincinnati Bengals to get knocked out of the playoffs in a stunning home loss.

Now a month after that loss, the team on Friday announced another rather stunning move, as owner Steve Bisciotti announced at a press conference that legendary GM Ozzie Newsome will step down next year and Eric DeCosta will take over.

Why? While it’s not known for sure, but probably for Newsome, he just felt it was time. Who knows, maybe he’ll travel and world and end up betting on M88 in China, or climbing mountains.

Whatever the case maybe, the 61-year-old Hall of Fame tight end is going to wrap up his tenure as a general manger, and from there he will stay on with the team as a consultant.

Newsome became the Ravens’ general manager back on November 22nd 2002, and has overseen two Super Bowl championships with Baltimore. The first was one of the best defensive teams of all-time back in 2000, and the second was to salute the farewell tour for linebacker Ray Lewis in 2013.

“We had talked after the ’13 season, and it was about Eric,” Bisciotti said, “and Ozzie agreed to redo his contract for a five-year extension, in which case he would turn over the 53 to Eric, and that’s a year away.”

“So Ozzie will step down as GM and has assured me that he’s not going anywhere and that he will work with me and work with Eric for a smooth transition, and he’ll be the highest-paid scout in America when Eric takes over next year. So I was not inclined to make a change in that that we had worked on four years ago.”

As for DeCosta, he turned down the Green Bay Packers’ general manager job this off-season knowing that Newsome would retire after the 2018 season.

As Bisciotti had said, it has been in the works for some time that he would eventually take over, and it sounds like the time is right for the Ravens to do so.

He’s a bright guy who should do a good job, but as with anything in the NFL, nothing is for sure.

As for Newsome, he entered the College Football Hall of Fame with the Class of 1994 and the Pro Football Hall of Fame with the Class of 1999. He’s also a member of the National High School Hall of Fame, the Alabama Sports Hall of Fame and the Little League Hall of Excellence.

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