Savage may get promotion from Ravens

With Harris' departure, front office change likely

January 25, 2003|By Jamison Hensley | Jamison Hensley,SUN STAFF

SAN DIEGO - In the wake of the Ravens losing James Harris to Jacksonville, there is speculation that Phil Savage may become the Ravens' director of football operations.

Harris, the team's pro personnel director, was hired as the Jaguars' vice president of player personnel Thursday after Savage, Jacksonville's first choice, broke off negotiations. Savage, the Ravens' director of college scouting, could be promoted to second in command in the front office next week and would be in charge of overseeing both the college and pro personnel departments, a league source said.

General manager Ozzie Newsome will be unavailable for comment until next week. Ravens officials contacted yesterday said they had not heard of such a move, but believed Savage would receive a promotion in some capacity. Newsome, though, did inform several team officials that he was considering a change in the front office structure.

The league source added that the other changes being considered are making George Kokinis the pro personnel director and Eric DeCosta the new director of college scouting. Kokinis is the assistant pro personnel director, and DeCosta heads the team's Midwest scouting.

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