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Ozzie Newsome's impact on Ravens as General Manager will never be duplicated

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Ozzie Newsome's impact on Ravens as General Manager will never be duplicated

Friday marks the end of an era for the Baltimore Ravens as Ozzie Newsome officially hands his duties as General Manger over to Eric DeCosta.

The plan, which was announced at the start of the 2018 offseason, is a plan that's been in place for several years and the organization has repeatedly enforced that Newsome will remain with the team in a "significant role." 

After a 13-year career with the Cleveland Browns as a tight end that included three Pro Bowls, 662 receptions for 7,980 yard, 47 touchdowns and a Pro Football Hall of Fame enshrinement, Newsome joined the Browns' front office in 1991. When the franchise moved to Baltimore in 1996, Newsome came with and was promoted to Vice President of Player Personnel. 

In the Ravens' first-ever draft, Newsome selected tackle Jonathan Ogden and linebacker Ray Lewis. The two would go on to have 24 combined Pro Bowl's and be enshrined in the the Pro Football Hall of Fame in their first years of eligibility. 

Newsome was then promoted to General Manager in 2002 making him the NFL's first African American General Manager.

In 22 years with the Ravens, 'The Wizard of Oz' has constructed two Super Bowl winning teams, has selected 24 players in the first round that have earned 60 combined Pro Bowls, two Super Bowl MVPs and 21 homegrown Ravens pro bowl players. 

After the team's Week 17 win over the Cleveland Browns that earned them a postseason appearance for the first time in three seasons, head coach John Harbaugh awarded the GM the game ball for his final regular season win. 

The impact Newsome has had on the franchise can not be overlooked. Without a doubt, the Ravens wouldn't have had the amount of success they've had in such a short amount of time without him. And while he'll no longer be leading the Ravens in the draft room, his presences will certainly continue to have an effect on the organization and their future.

Now General Manager Eric DeCosta joined the Ravens in their inaugural year as a scouting intern before being hired as an area scout in 1997 and promoted to Director of College Scouting in 2003 and then Director of Player Personnel in 2009. Working under Newsome as the team's assistant GM since 2012, the 47-year-old credits Newsome for more than just lessons on football.

“Ozzie has taught me a lot about football,” DeCosta said in back in April, “but more about life.”

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Baltimore Ravens Roundup: Get to know Earl Thomas and Mark Ingram

Baltimore Ravens Roundup: Get to know Earl Thomas and Mark Ingram

We are here to help you get your workweek started with the latest Baltimore Ravens news.

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Running back Mark Ingram is bringing two Pro Bowls, 1,321 rushing yards and 50 rushing touchdowns to the Ravens, but there's a lot about him you may not know. Did you know that his father, Mark Ingram Sr., was drafted at No. 28 overall just like his son? Probably not. Here's five things to know about Ingram via the Ravens' website. 

Safety Earl Thomas isn't just talented on the field, but off the field as well. Thomas can play piano, drums, saxophone and the organ. During his freshman year of high school, Thomas would change out of his football uniform at halftime into his band uniform to perform and then back again. Here's five things to know about Thomas via the Ravens' website

Former Ravens wide receiver Jeremy Maclin is retiring from the game. The 30-year-old made the announcement at his wife's baby shower over the weekend. Selected 19th overall by the Eagles in the 2009 NFL Draft, Maclin played for the Eagles, Chiefs and the Ravens.

Outside linebacker Tim Williams is ready to be a defensive leader for the Ravens in 2019. With the departures of Eric Weddle, Terrell Suggs, C.J. Mosley and Za'Darius Smith in free agency, Williams is ready to be "that man" for the NFL's No.1 defense. 

Williams has yet to play a full season for the Ravens after being drafted in the third round of the 2017 NFL Draft. In 2018, the linebacker saw action in only sevens games due to hamstring and ankle injuries. 

In AFC news, Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski announced his retirement from the league Sunday via Instagram. The 29-year-old finishes his career with 521 receptions for 7,861 yards, 79 touchdowns and three Super Bowl championship. 

Looking Ahead: 

March 24-27: Annual League Meeting in Phoenix, Az.

April 15: Voluntary OTA's may begin

April 19: Deadline for restricted free agents to sign offer sheets

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Baltimore Ravens Roundup: Congratulations pour in for Robert Griffin III after re-signing with Ravens

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Baltimore Ravens Roundup: Congratulations pour in for Robert Griffin III after re-signing with Ravens

You've made it to Friday and the Baltimore Ravens secured their backup quarterback. What more could we ask for?

Here's the latest news surrounding the Ravens.

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The Ravens and QB Robert Griffin III agreed in principle to a two-year deal Thursday. A solid option behind Lamar Jackson, players around the league are happy to see the 2012 Offensive Rookie of the Year remain in the NFL.

The Ravens' newest member of their special teams unit, Justin Bethel, doesn't just have skills on the field but off the field as well. Bethel and his brothers have their own jazz band called House of Bethel, where the Raven plays the drums. In the music video for their single called, "The New Boss," Bethel has nearly a minute long drum solo

ESPN's Mel Kiper re-graded the Ravens' 2018 draft class, bringing them from a B-plus to an A-minus. One of the more stronger classes in recent history, the additions of Jackson, Mark Andrews, Hayden Hurst and Orlando Brown Jr. served the Ravens well in 2018. 

Is Action Jackson a hockey guy? The Ravens QB was spotted Thursday night at an Arizona Coyotes game. 

Looking Ahead: 

March 24-27: Annual League Meeting in Phoenix, Az.

April 15: Voluntary OTA's may begin

April 19: Deadline for restricted free agents to sign offer sheets

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