GM Thomas Dimitroff gets extension

Updated: March 10, 2011, 1:25 PM ET
By Pat Yasinskas | ESPN.com

The Atlanta Falcons and general manager Thomas Dimitroff have agreed to a multiyear contract extension.

The move comes after coach Mike Smith agreed to a similar extension in February. The exact terms of both contracts aren't available, but it's believed Smith and Dimitroff are under contract for the same period of time.

Dimitroff and Smith came in together in 2008 and turned around a franchise that had fallen on hard times with Michael Vick's legal battles and the short tenure of coach Bobby Petrino.

They have produced a winning record in each of their three seasons and went an NFC-best 13-3 last season.

"This extension of Thomas' contract ensures that he and Coach 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," Falcons owner Arthur M. Blank said in a statement. "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."

Dmitroff was named Executive of the Year by the Sporting News after the 2010 season for the second time in the past three years.

Among the players Dimitroff has drafted are quarterback Matt Ryan, tackle Sam Baker and linebacker Curtis Lofton.

He also signed Pro Bowl running back Michael Turner and traded for tight end Tony Gonzalez.

"First, I would like to thank Mr. Blank for the confidence and support he has shown in me and in Coach Smith over the past three seasons," Dimitroff said in the statement announcing his extension. "I look forward to working with Smitty and his coaching staff as we continue our journey of bringing NFL championship caliber football to Falcons fans and to the city of Atlanta."

Pat Yasinskas covers the NFC South for ESPN.com. Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.

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