Falcons Name Patriots' Dimitroff as General Manager

ATLANTA (AP) _ The Atlanta Falcons' new general manager is on the job.

The Falcons said today that Tom Dimitroff has been named the team's new general manager.

Dimitroff will direct football operations and, according to the team's announcement, will work with a new head coach in final decisions regarding the NFL draft, free agency, trades and other personnel decisions.

Dimitroff will report to president Rich McKay, the former general manager, whose 17-month contract extension also was announced today.

McKay, who reports to owner Arthur Blank, will be responsible for marketing, finance, administration and all other executive duties and will continue to act as liaison to the League in all football and business-related matters, as well as direct the Falcons' efforts related to future stadium plans.

The 40-year-old Dimitroff, who has been with the Patriots since 2002, has been New England's director of college scouting for five years.

He has no experience as a general manager.

Dimitroff is expected to help the Falcons hire a head coach, though the team began interviewing candidates while also looking for a general manager.

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