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INDIANAPOLIS -- Early in the Bears' search for a new general manager, the team requested permission to speak with Baltimore Ravens director of player personnel Eric DeCosta, who was also being courted by the Rams and Colts for their then vacant G.M. posts.
But DeCosta turned all three teams down and instead opted to stay in Baltimore where he is viewed as the heir apparent to Ravens general manager Ozzie Newsome.
A relived Newsome spoke Friday at the NFL Combine about DeCosta's decision to spurn the advances of clubs like the Bears early in the offseason.
"I think it was very important because of the continuity that allows the organization to maintain people and have the process remain the same," Newsome said. "It was kind of like Scott Pioli remaining in New England for all those years with Bill [Belichick]. All it does is make you stronger. I'm very thankful that Eric decided to stay."