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Falcons Might Try and Poach Saints Executive

Isaiah De Los Santos
The Atlanta Falcons could hire a New Orleans Saints executive as their next GM.
The Atlanta Falcons could hire a New Orleans Saints executive as their next GM. / Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images
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After starting the season 0-5, the Atlanta Falcons shook up their team by firing head coach Dan Quinn and GM Thomas Dimitroff. The Falcons have scrapped their way to a 4-8 record since, and it's clear the team could compete with the right people in charge.

The Falcons are reportedly considering Terry Fontenot, a New Orleans Saints executive, for their GM opening.

Fontenot currently serves as vice president and assistant general manager in New Orleans. He started as an intern with the organization before working his way up for over a decade prior to receiving a promotion to his current role this year.

The Falcons won 109 games, made six playoff appearances and appeared in Super Bowl XXXIII since Dimitroff's tenure started in 2008. Replacing the man who brought franchise stars like Matt Ryan and Julio Jones to the team won't be easy, but Atlanta's GM opening should be attractive to potential candidates around the league.

The Falcons haven't made the playoffs since the 2017 season, although they've had the talent. Poaching Fontenot, who has been part of a continual contender with the Saints for over 15 years, could be the right step for a team looking to get back to its winning ways.


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