DeCosta's name pops up with Panthers

DeCosta's name pops up with Panthers
November 22, 2012, 11:00 pm
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Baltimore Ravens owner Steve Bisciotti (left) coach John Harbaugh (center) and NFL commissioner Roger Goodell before the AFC Divisional Playoff game against the Houston Texans at M&T Bank Stadium. The Ravens defeated the Texans 20-13.

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The Panthers need a general manager, and Carolina owner Jerry Richardson has brought in Ernie Accorsi, himself a former GM with the Giants and Browns, to consult on the choice. Richardson and Accorsi know each other from their days with the Baltimore Colts, when Richardson was a wide receiver and Accorsi was the club’s public relations director.

Among the names in the buzz, according to Pro Football Talk, is Ravens assistant GM Eric DeCosta. However, DeCosta may not be a true candidate.

DeCosta’s contract with the Ravens reportedly prohibits him from departing for a GM job with another NFL club. The Ravens supposedly are paying DeCosta like a GM in order to get him to agree to that stipulation.

DeCosta has been a hot commodity before. Early this year, the Colts, Rams and Bears wanted to discuss their GM positions with him. When the Ravens announced DeCosta had decided to stay in Baltimore and wouldn’t be interviewing with those clubs, Ravens general manager Ozzie Newsome said in a statement:

"Since this franchise started in 1996, we've established a strong history of retaining our most important executives, players, coaches and personnel experts. Eric, who has had opportunities to interview with other teams recently and over the years, is another one we want to keep and will keep.

"He has chosen to stay with the Ravens, and we're excited that he will. He is a most valuable asset and will continue to help us win championships."

DeCosta presumably would succeed Newsome as Ravens GM, but Newsome is 56 and wouldn’t appear to be a candidate for retirement anytime soon.