ATLANTA (AP) _ Rich McKay will remain as team president and
relinquish the general manager's duties after signing a two-year
contract extension Friday with the Atlanta Falcons.
Team spokesman Reggie Roberts confirmed that McKay and owner
Arthur Blank agreed to terms earlier in the day.
Since he left Tampa Bay and joined Blank in December 2003, McKay
has held dual titles as president-GM. Atlanta had a productive
offseason in 2004, but the team has made several poor personnel
decisions during the last three years.
McKay also recommended coach Bobby Petrino as a replacement for
Jim Mora last January. Petrino stayed just 13 games before suddenly
resigning and leaving for Arkansas.
The Falcons went 4-12 this season, which was dominated by
Michael Vick's federal dogfighting crimes and Petrino's departure.
Blank has enlisted McKay to help interview candidates for the
head coach's and general manager's jobs.
Two GM candidates, Packers personnel chiefs Reggie McKenzie and
John Schneider, met with Blank and McKay earlier this week. Eagles
GM Tom Heckert is supposed to interview this weekend.
Two coaching candidates, Cowboys assistants Jason Garrett and
Mike Sparano, met with Blank and McKay on Friday in Dallas. The
Falcons also have interviewed San Francisco assistant Mike
Singletary and Indianapolis assistant Jim Caldwell.
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