Thomas Dimitroff, Falcons Agree on New Contract: Latest Details, Reaction

Timothy Rapp@@TRappaRTFeatured ColumnistNovember 7, 2016

Aug 11, 2016; Atlanta, GA, USA; Atlanta Falcons general manager Thomas Dimitroff before a game against the Washington Redskins at the Georgia Dome. Mandatory Credit: Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports
Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports

The Atlanta Falcons announced Monday the organization has signed general manager Thomas Dimitroff to a three-year contract extension through 2019.

Dimitroff spoke about moving forward with the Falcons:

I want to thank [Falcons owner Arthur Blank] for demonstrating the confidence in what we are building here. I have always believed it is about a head coach and general manager sharing a common vision on the type of players they are looking for and how to build a roster. The partnership with [head coach Dan Quinn] has formed quickly and I know we are building a team here that everyone can be proud of. I understand that we still have work to do, but I know we have the people in place to reach the ultimate goal here in Atlanta.

Quinn agreed with that assessment.

"We have a common vision when it comes to constructing this roster, and I believe we have built a solid foundation over the last two years," Quinn said. "He is one of the best talent evaluators I have ever been around, and I'm fired up for us to continue this process together."

Both Dimitroff and Quinn are now under contract through 2019.

Dimitroff has been the team's general manager since 2008, most notably drafting quarterback Matt Ryan third overall in 2008 and trading five draft picks in 2011 to select wide receiver Julio Jones sixth overall.

During his tenure, Dimitroff has drafted many of the players that now make up the team's talented core, including offensive tackle Jake Matthews, cornerback Desmond Trufant, running backs Devonta Freeman and Tevin Coleman, linebacker Vic Beasley Jr. and safety Keanu Neal.

The Falcons have gone 80-57 since Dimitroff took over as the general manager, reaching the postseason four times.

However, Dimitroff admitted in June to the Talk of Fame Network (via Jared Dubin of CBS Sports) he came into the 2016 season on the hot seat after the Falcons missed the postseason three years in a row. That seat has apparently cooled, as the Falcons have started 6-3 and sit atop the NFC South.


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