Yet again, Eric DeCosta says he's staying with the Ravens.
The Ravens have announced that DeCosta, their highly-respected director of player personnel, has decided to remain in Baltimore despite drawing interest from at least three other NFL teams who wanted him to fill their general manager opening.
DeCosta "will continue with the team and is not going to interview with other teams," the team said in a statement.
The 40-year-old DeCosta has been with the Ravens for 16 years, and has been named the team's GM in waiting.
Even though he could have gotten a general manager job without needing to wait, DeCosta has opted to stay put and succeed Ozzie Newsome when the Ravens' longtime GM is ready to step down.
"We've established a strong history of retaining most important executives, players, coaches and personnel experts," Newsome said in a statement. "Eric, who has had opportunities to interview with other teams recently and over the years, is another one we want to keep and will keep. He has chosen to stay with the Ravens, and we're excited he will. He is a most valuable asset will continue to help us win championships."
Formerly the Ravens' director of college scouting, DeCosta plays a heavy role in the evaluation of young players and helping to set the Ravens' draft board each year.
The Colts, Rams and Bears had all requested permission to interview DeCosta, according to reports, with all three teams hoping DeCosta would become their next GM. But the attention from outside organizations is nothing new to DeCosta, who has drawn such interest each of the last few years.
DeCosta is rooted in Baltimore, and has a young family here. He has said in the past that he wants to remain with the Ravens, the organization that gave him a shot in the NFL, and it's believed that he would only consider leaving if the circumstances elsewhere were perfect.
They apparently weren't again this year, and so DeCosta is staying. The Ravens hope that won't change anytime in the near future.
Eric DeCosta photo courtesy of Baltimore Ravens