Ravens officially name DeCosta assistant GM, announce other front office promotions

Longtime Ravens executive Eric DeCosta has been promoted to assistant general manager, the team announced Thursday.

DeCosta, 41, had been the Ravens' director of player personnel for three years and has been in the organization since 1996. He has also served as an area scout and as director of college scouting.

He works closely with general manager Ozzie Newsome to oversee both the college and pro scouting departments.

"When we extended Eric's contract earlier this year, we changed his title to assistant GM," Newsome said in a statement. "As Eric continues to grow in the personnel department, he is becoming a vital part of the decision-making process."

The Ravens unveiled four other promotions, as well. Joe Douglas has been elevated to national scout, David Blackburn has been named an area scout, Mark Azevedo is now area scout for the southeast and Kenny Sanders was promoted to player personnel assistant.

Douglas, 35, is entering his 13th season with Baltimore and Blackburn, 29, has been there since 2007. Azevedo, 30, has been with the team since 2005 and Sanders, 30, had served as a scouting intern for two years.