Ozzie Newsome, the Ravens general manager for 16 seasons, is stepping down from his position at the end of the 2018 season.
On Friday afternoon at the team's annual "State of the Ravens" press conference, Ravens owner Steve Bisciotti announced that Newsome, who became the NFL's first African-American general manager when he was elevated to the position in 2003, will be stepping down from his role at the end of the 2018 season.
The 61-year-old former All-pro tight end won a Super Bowl ring with the Ravens in 2002 as a front-office executive again in 2013 as the team's general manager.
Newsome spent time as a front office executive with the Browns and Ravens following his NFL retirement in 1990.
Assistant general manager Eric DeCosta, who joined the franchise during their maiden season as a entry-level employee in 1996, will transition in the general manager role. Bisciotti said this transition has been the plan in place when they restructured Newsome's contract a couple years ago. He will remain a consultant with the organization after the 2018 season.