Ozzie Newsome will step down as the Baltimore Ravens general manager after the 2018 season and Eric DeCosta will replace him, owner Steve Bisciotti said at the annual "State of the Ravens" address Friday.
Newsome, 61, made the decision to hand over top personnel role over DeCosta after the 2013 season, when he signed a five-year extension. Since becoming the team's top decision maker after the franchise's move from Cleveland to Baltimore, Newsome has been the architect for two Super Bowl championship teams (2000 and 2012).
"Ozzie will step down as GM and has assured me that he's not going anywhere," Bisciotti said. "He will work with me and work with Eric for a smooth transition. He'll be the highest paid scout in America when Eric takes over next year."
Bisciotti also said there was "a thought" about firing coach John Harbaugh after the season, but he pointed out that he was proud of how Harbaugh held the team together during losing streak in the middle of the season. Baltimore finished 9-7 last season and has reached the postseason only once in the past five years.
"It was certainly a consideration, but not one that I was inclined to make this year," Bisciotti said.