Ozzie Newsome to step down as Ravens GM after next season
Ozzie Newsome will step down as GM of the Baltimore Ravens after next season, team owner Steve Bisciotti announced during a press conference on Friday. As part of the move, assistant GM Eric DeCosta will take over.
Here is video of Bisciotti talking about the decision:
Steve Bisciotti discusses Coach Harbaugh and Ozzie Newsome pic.twitter.com/d3kQY5Ncuv
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Bisciotti made it clear that Newsome will continue to help the franchise even after stepping down as GM.
“He has assured me that he is 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,” Bisciotti said.
Newsome, 61, has been GM of the Ravens since 2002 and has been lauded for his eye in scouting talent and ability to succeed in the draft. He repeatedly succeeded in drafting players, especially on the defensive side of the ball, who would come in and help the Ravens maintain one of the best defenses in the league. He has two Super Bowl rings as an executive, including the one earned in 2013 when he was GM.