Jim Irsay is putting together quite an impressive list of potential GM candidates that he wants to speak with, and we’ve learned another name he hopes to interview.
According to the MMQB’s Albert Breer, the Colts have requested to interview Eric DeCosta, the assistant general manager for the Baltimore Ravens. Breer notes that DeCosta is close with Chuck Pagano, who spent some time in Baltimore before becoming the Colts’ head coach.
DeCosta has spent his entire 18-year NFL career with the Ravens, starting out in 1996 as an area scout, then being promoted to director of college scouting for six years, then being promoted to director of player personnel for three years, and then being promoted to assistant general manager in 2012, a position he’s remained in to this day. He apparently has final say in the Ravens’ draft decisions and has run the draft since 2005, and has drafted players such as Haloti Ngata, Ray Rice, and Joe Flacco (he also was director of college scouting when the Ravens drafted Terrell Suggs).
He has been sought after by many teams for GM openings over the years, including the Colts in 2012, but he’s not been willing to leave Baltimore. The question is whether he’ll even interview with the Colts this year or whether he’ll continue to remain in Baltimore with Ozzie Newsome, but he’s a well-respected personnel guy.
We’ve now learned of seven men the Colts want to speak with about their GM opening: Jimmy Raye III, Trent Kirchner, Scott Fitterer, George Paton, Eliot Wolf, Chris Ballard, and Eric DeCosta. All seven of them are respected personnel guys.