Ray Anderson stepping down as VP of football operations

At the end of the 2013 season, NFL executive vice president of football operations Ray Anderson will step down from his post, a title he's held since August of 2006.

League owners were told of this Wedneday at a meeting in Dallas.

“I have been involved in many different aspects of the NFL — as an agent, club executive, and league executive,” Anderson said in a statement. “I have always enjoyed new challenges and the time is right for me to evolve into the next phase of my career. I appreciate the opportunity Commissioner Goodell gave me and the support I have enjoyed from a great staff.”

Prior to working with the league office, Anderson was the executive vice president and chief administrative officer of the Atlanta Falcons for four years.

“Ray’s wide-ranging experience in football has played an important role in our football operations,” NFL commissioner Roger Goodell said. “Ray has been a strong contributor, always focusing on our key priorities. His engaging personality helped smooth the edges of many a difficult issue. We appreciate Ray’s contributions and know he will be successful in his next venture.”

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Aaron Wilson covers the Ravens for The Baltimore Sun.

Aaron Wilson covers the NFL for National Football Post, his second stint at the Post. He has previously written for Pro Football Talk and FOX Sports-Scout. Entering his 13th year covering the Baltimore Ravens, he’s a beat writer for The Baltimore Sun. Wilson has also covered the Jacksonville Jaguars and Tennessee Titans.