Report: Colts Given Permission To Speak With Ravens Eric DeCosta About Vacant G.M. Spot

Yesterday, reports surfaced that Colts owner Jim Irsay reached out to Green Bay Packers to interview their director of college scouting, John Dorsey, for the vacant Colts general manager position. Dorsey said, No thanks.

Irsay then turned his sights to Baltimore, where G.M. Ossie Newsome's right-hand-man, Eric DeCosta, is considered a big, up-and-coming personnel executive. Irsay requested to interview DeCosta, and today, according to ESPN's Jamison Hensley, that request was granted.

Now, it's worth noting that the last two personnel executive who left Baltimore for other teams were named Phil Savage and George Kokinis. Both went to Cleveland, and both kind of... well, both kind of sucked at their jobs.

Will DeCosta be equally inept outside the friendly confines of Baltimore?

"I think Eric knows how highly regarded he is in Baltimore, but when you have a guy as successful as Ozzie Newsome in the job, there's not a ton of promises that you can make," [Ravens owner Steve] Bisciotti said in March 2010. "I think Eric is smart enough to see what happened with Phil [Savage] and George [Kokinis], and he'll probably limit himself to consideration of just a handful of jobs. His relationship with Ozzie is just as solid as any relationship I've seen in the NFL. He's so happy in his job that I think it will take a perfect job to get his serious consideration. Eric is going to make a great GM someday."

DeCosta cannot be hired by anyone until the Ravens are booted from the playoffs, or if they win the Super Bowl. According to sources talking to NFL Network's Albert Breer, the Colts job is one DeCosta would consider.

Various people in media have been floating all sorts of names out there as additional candidates for the Colts G.M. spot. Candidates include Green Bay's player personnel director Reggie McKenzie, New York Giants scouting director Marc Ross, and Scouting Combine director Jeff Foster.

[UPDATE]: Earlier today, ESPN's John Clayton told Indianapolis radio station 1070 the Fan that DeCosta is mostly interested in the vacant Chicago G.M. job.

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