Falcons sign GM Dimitroff to three-year extension


A rousing start for the division-leading Atlanta Falcons has paid off for Thomas Dimitroff.

The team on Monday signed their longtime general manager to a three-year contract extension that runs through 2019. Dimitroff's deal now mirrors that of head coach Dan Quinn, also signed through the 2019 campaign.

"I've seen the relationship between Dan Quinn and Thomas Dimitroff grow over the last two years and we're seeing the fruits of their shared vision and plan coming together in our recent draft classes and free agent acquisitions," Falcons owner Arthur Blank said in a statement. "My expectations remain very high. By extending Thomas, we expect to see their partnership continue to grow and deliver results for our team and our fans, on and off the field."

In his nine years with the Falcons, Dimitroff -- a two-time NFL Executive of the Year -- has seen his teams post a combined 80-57 record, the eighth-best mark in the league during that stretch.

Still, it hasn't always been an easy ride for the experienced talent evaluator. Following a disappointing season in 2014, the Falcons announced a front-office restructuring that handed more responsibility to assistant general manager Scott Pioli -- and essentially pulled some away from Dimitroff.

Quinn and Dimitroff, though, have shown plenty of potential as a duo, guiding this year's Falcons to a 6-3 record, which would make them the NFC's No. 2 seed if the season ended today.

"The partnership between a head coach and general manager is incredibly important when building a winning team," said Quinn. "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. 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."