Don't count on DeCosta talking to Dolphins

Baltimore Ravens assistant general manager Eric DeCosta has been contacted by the Miami Dolphins about their general manager opening, according to the Miami Herald.

It would be a surprise if DeCosta interviewed for the position because the Ravens have made him the general manager-in-waiting and he's turned down other opportunities in the past.

The Ravens showed their commitment to DeCosta and rewarded his loyalty to the team when they promoted him to assistant GM nearly two years ago. DeCosta, 42, has long been one of the hot general manager candidates after helping the Ravens become a perennial playoff team and a Super Bowl champion last season.

In March 2012, owner Steve Bisciotti told The Baltimore Sun that the Ravens structured DeCosta's contract in a way "where he's off the market for a few years."

It's unknown when general manager Ozzie Newsome (who turns 58 in March) plans to step down, but DeCosta has shown patience in the past. Since 2009, DeCosta has pulled his name out of the Seattle Seahawks' general manager search and has turned down three teams (the Indianapolis Colts, St. Louis Rams and Chicago Bears) when they sought permission to speak to him.

It's difficult to see DeCosta pursuing the Dolphins' job when he turned down opportunities with more stable franchises.