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Rams request permission to interview Eric DeCosta


Widely viewed as the eventual successor to G.M. Ozzie Newsome in Baltimore, Ravens director of player personnel Eric DeCosta has deflected past opportunities to fly the coop.

Opportunity is knocking once again. League sources tell PFT that the Rams have requested permission from the Ravens to interview DeCosta for the vacant General Manager position in St. Louis.

DeCosta is an original member of the Ravens organization. He served as director of college scouting before becoming director of player personnel in 2009. In DeCosta’s first draft as director of college scouting in 2003, the Ravens picked linebacker Terrell Suggs.

DeCosta’s name has been mentioned in connection with the other G.M. vacancies, in Indianapolis, Chicago, and Oakland. The Colts reportedly have sought permission to interview DeCosta, too.

By rule, a front-office employee under contract with one team can be hired if the candidate will have with the new team final say over the roster and the draft. Otherwise, the current team must agree to allow the employee to leave before the expiration of the contract.