Falcons sign GM Dimitroff to three-year extension


The Atlanta Falcons have signed general manager Thomas Dimitroff to a three-year contract extension.

Dimitroff's contract was set to expire at the end of the season. His new deal will coincide with the contract of head coach Dan Quinn, who was hired in January 2015 to replace former coach Mike Smith.

"I've always believed continuity in leadership is important to achieving the highest levels of success, be it with our football team or our businesses," Falcons owner Arthur Blank said. "My expectations remain very high. By extending Thomas, we expect to see their [Dimitroff and Quinn's] partnership continue to grow and deliver results for our team and our fans, on and off the field."

Dimitroff was hired as head of football operations in January 2008. In his first five years with the organisation, Atlanta made the playoffs four times and posted back-to-back winning seasons in 2008-09 for the first time in franchise history.

"I want to thank Arthur for demonstrating the confidence in what we are building here," Dimitroff said.

"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 Dan 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."

The Falcons, surging behind quarterback Matt Ryan and wide receiver Julio Jones, are 6-3 atop the NFC South.