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Ravens’ front office personnel targeted by opposing teams


OWINGS MILLS, Md. — As the Baltimore Ravens prepares for a playoff game on Saturday night, two executives and an assistant coach are being wooed by other teams.

While the Ravens’ focus is on the game against the Pittsburgh Steelers, reports surfaced that assistant general manager Eric DeCosta, pro personnel director Vince Newsome and offensive coordinator Gary Kubiak are wanted elsewhere.

The New York Jets put in formal requests to interview highly regarded DeCosta for their general manager position and Kubiak for their head coaching opening, according to The Baltimore Sun.

Plus, the Chicago Bears plan to interview Newsome as part of their search for a general manager.

It’s unclear whether DeCosta will interview because of his contractual status as Ravens general manager-in-waiting behind general manager Ozzie Newsome, according to sources. DeCosta is annually a top target of NFL teams seeking a new personnel boss but hasn’t looked to leave the Ravens because of his strong position with the organization.

The Miami Dolphins and Jets made overtures last year to DeCosta but were declined. He has rejected job overtures from other organizations in the past, including the Bears, Seattle Seahawks and Oakland Raiders.

DeCosta has a lucrative contract that compensates him at a level commensurate with NFL general managers and has strong family ties in Baltimore. DeCosta rarely comments on job openings but has told The Sun previously that he’s happy with the Ravens.

“It’s a relationship business,” DeCosta said. “I’m fortunate to work with a bunch of great guys. It’s a great place to work.”

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