Ravens GM Newsome to step down after 2018 season

Ozzie Newsome will step down as the Baltimore Ravens general manager following the 2018 season.

Ravens owner Steve Bisciotti announced the move on Friday and said Newsome will remain with the organisation in a different role. Bisciotti joked Newsome will be the NFL's "highest-paid scout."

Assistant GM Eric DeCosta will take over control of the 53-man roster.

Newsome has been the Ravens' GM since 2002, making him one of the NFL's longest-tenured executives.

A three-time Pro Bowler over a 13-year Hall of Fame playing career, Newsome was the first African-American to be an NFL GM.

He helped build the roster of the Ravens team that won Super Bowl XLVII six years ago. Bisciotti said Newsome signed a five-year contract extension in 2014 and agreed at the time to step aside so DeCosta could take over in 2019. 

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