Falcons Bring in Former High-Level NFL Executive Into Scouting Team

The Atlanta Falcons brought in a former high-level NFL executive into their scouting team.
The Atlanta Falcons brought in a former high-level NFL executive into their scouting team. / Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports

After a disappointing 7-10 finish, the Atlanta Falcons enter the offseason with a tricky cap situation at approximately $6 million over the cap. That adds to the importance of the NFL Draft and making savvy free-agent decisions, and the Falcons bolstered their scouting department on Thursday.

NFL insider Tom Pelissero reported the Falcons have hired former Chicago Bears GM Ryan Pace as a senior personnel executive.

Ryan Pace Falcons

Pace reunites with Falcons GM Terry Fontenot as the pair worked together for 13 years with the New Orleans Saints.

Prior to joining the Falcons, Pace was notably fired after seven years working with the Bears. He's seen his fair share of ups and downs during that tenure, from winning Sporting News' executive of the year in 2018, when the Bears made the postseason for the first time since 2010, to the questionable decision to trade up for quarterback Mitchell Trubisky.

While it's tough to ignore the poor thinking behind that decision, Poles brings more than two decades of experience working in NFL front offices. He also saw five playoffs trips and a Super Bowl title during his long tenure of various positions in New Orleans.

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