Atlanta Falcons general manager Thomas Dimitroff has a busy offseason ahead of him, but the good news is he's developed quite a trust with fans since his arrival in 2008.
Dimitroff's trademark might be his habit of making low-key moves and acquiring blue collar players, rather than using blockbuster trades and signings to create hype (the anti-Jets, if you will). That is, aside from the 2011 draft trade that headlines Dimitroff's resume. Dimitroff traded five draft picks to Cleveland in order to move up and get Julio Jones.
The other marquee signing of the general manager's tenure was Tony Gonzalez in 2009. The only blemishes are the lucrative deals given to free agents Dunta Robinson in 2010 and Ray Edwards in 2011.
Edwards only made it through a year and a half with the Falcons before being released for lack of production and possible off-field issues, while Robinson has arguably struggled to justify his contract.
In the coming months, Dimitroff's workload will include deciding what to do with the aging Michael Turner, who is on the downside of his career despite heavy pockets, wooing Gonzalez into returning for a final season, as well as making decisions on key free agents Sam Baker, William Moore and Brent Grimes.
According to ESPN NFC South blogger Pat Yasinskas, the Falcons have $113 million of salary for the coming year committed towards what should be a cap of around $120 million.
Here's a speculative breakdown of how Dimitroff will handle the offseason, and whether each position should be dealt with through draft or free agency. 2013 salaries are listed in parentheses.
Player contract and salary information from from rotoworld.com