Canada’s hero is returning to the NFL.
Wide receiver DeVier Posey has signed with the Baltimore Ravens, the team announced Tuesday.
Posey, an Ohio State product, became a Toronto legend when he caught a 100-yard pass for a touchdown in the 105th Grey Cup, helping the Argonauts to a 27-24 win over the Calgary Stampeders in the Canadian Football League’s championship game. Posey finished the contest with seven catches for 175 yards and the score, and was named Grey Cup MVP.
Posey caught 52 passes for 744 yards and seven touchdowns in 12 regular-season games for Toronto as part of coach Marc Trestman’s high-powered offense in 2017.
The revelation, which came minutes after Bisciotti announced Ozzie Newsome would step down as general manager after the 2018 season, shows how close the Ravens got to parting ways with Harbaugh. The Ravens have failed to reach the postseason the last three years, and Bisciotti’s comments underscore how important it will be for them to make the playoffs next season.
“He’s under as much pressure than probably he’s ever been in his life, and I expect him to keep his chin up and take his positivity and his talents and make the most of the season,” Bisciotti said. “I may as well replace him now if I tell him to make the playoffs or you’re out of town next year. That’s not the way we run business here.”
Since guiding the Ravens to five straight playoff berths that culminated in a Super Bowl victory over the San Francisco 49ers during the 2012 season, Harbaugh (94-66), who’s under contract through 2019, has just one playoff win over the last five seasons. Injuries have played a significant role in the Ravens’ recent struggles, but the team’s playoff-barring loss to the Cincinnati Bengals in the regular-season finale certainly stung hard.
Ultimately, the Ravens’ 9-7 finish (following a 3-4 start) might have been enough for Bisciotti to keep Harbaugh around.
Newsome was named the Ravens general manager in 2002 and was the key architect of Baltimore’s Super Bowl XXXV and Super Bowl XLVII championship teams.
After a 13-year playing career as a tight end in Cleveland, Newsome joined the Browns front office. When the team moved to Baltimore in 1996, Newsome followed as vice president of player personnel before being elevated to general manager in 2002. Newsome was the first African American general manager in the NFL.
Newsome is credited with building one of the best defenses in NFL history with the selections of Ray Lewis, Ed Reed, Terrell Suggs, and Haloti Ngata. During his 22 seasons in charge of Ravens personnel, Newsome acquired 38 Pro Bowlers all 17 All-Pros.
The Ravens have made the playoffs in 10 of Newsome’s 22 seasons in the front office. Baltimore also has the fourth-most playoff wins and the second-highest playoff win percentage (.652) under Newsome’s watch.
The end of the Newsome era will finally allow DeCosta to take control of Baltimore’s roster. The long-time assistant has been a sought-after general manager candidate for many other openings across the league. Often DeCosta turned down those interviews, instead desiring to bide his time under Newsome before eventually taking over the Ravens.
The transition to DeCosta now has a clear timeline. The 46-year-old joined the Ravens in 1996 in an entry-level position before rising through the ranks. He has been the assistant general manager since 2012. In a year’s time, DeCosta will become just the second general manager in Ravens history.