It appears the latest offseason flirtation with Eric DeCosta is over, if it ever got started.
Earlier this week, it was reported that the Colts would request permission to interview DeCosta for their vacant general manager job. It has practically become an annual offseason ritual for some team to court the Ravens assistant GM and heir apparent to Ozzie Newsome.
But the Colts have announced a list of six candidates for the GM job, and DeCosta is not among them.
It's unclear whether the Colts ever did ask for permission, or whether DeCosta declined, but it appears DeCosta will remain with the Ravens, the organization he has been with since 1996. DeCosta worked his way up the Ravens organization, with positions as a scout, college scouting director and director of player personnel. He was named assistant general manager in 2012.
DeCosta has been linked to GM openings in the offseason for several years but has turned down numerous interview opportunities.
DeCosta and other key Ravens front office personnel are at the Senior Bowl this week. He has not commented on the Colts GM search.
Last year, when asked about turning down chances at other GM jobs and staying with the Ravens under Newsome – who has given no indication he is close to retiring – DeCosta said, "Every day I come in and work with my friends, and I think it’s a relationship business. In the end, personal ambitions aside, all you have is really your reputation and your friends and your enjoyment in life. And I love Baltimore, the community. My wife is from Baltimore, I’ve been here 20 years, my kids go to school here, so it’s great."
The Colts interview list includes their own interim GM, Jimmy Raye, along with Chris Ballard, director of football operations with the Chiefs; Trent Kirchner and Scott Fitterer, co-directors of pro personnel with the Seahawks; Vikings assistant GM George Paton and Packers director of football operations Eliot Wolf.
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