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By PFW staff

Falcons GM Thomas Dimitroff, who has helped construct a roster that won the NFC South in 2010, has signed a multi-year extension with the team. Financial terms were not announced.

Dimitroff was hired in 2008 and, along with head coach Mike Smith, has been instrumental in turning Atlanta around to legitimate NFC contender; Smith signed an extension in February. The Falcons have had three consecutive winning seasons, and their 33-15 regular season record in the time span is the third-best in the NFL since '08. Prior to his takeover, the Falcons never had consecutive winning seasons in the franchise history.

Owner Arthur Blank said in a statement that his team has a bright future with Dimitroff and Smith at the helm.

"This extension of Thomas' contract ensures that he and Coach (Mike) Smith, whose contract was extended last month, will be able to continue to work together on solidifying the long-term sustainability and success of our football team," Blank said. "Thomas has proven himself to be a highly-skilled and talented general manager of our club, and I look forward to the Falcons reaping the benefits of his work for many years to come."

The way we see it

After Smith received his extension, common sense said that Dimitroff's wasn't far behind. The two Falcons leaders were instrumental in the drafting of Matt Ryan in 2008 and have helped make Atlanta an NFC powerhouse. Falcons fans are still waiting for the first playoff victory during their reign, but that shouldn't be too far off based on the roster the GM and head coach have built.


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