Falcons give Mike Smith, Thomas Dimitroff one-year extensions

By Will Brinson | NFL Writer

Arthur Blank gave Thomas Dimitroff (and coach Mike Smith) one-year extensions Monday. (USATSI)
Arthur Blank gave Thomas Dimitroff (and coach Mike Smith) one-year extensions Monday. (USATSI)

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Despite consistent success in their tenure with the Falcons, people want to put Mike Smith and Thomas Dimitroff on the hot seat. Those people can simmer down now, as the Falcons announced one-year extensions for the pair on Monday.

Additionally, Atlanta gave president and CEO Rich McKay a four-year extension through 2019.

"We are fortunate to have talented key leaders at the Falcons who are dedicated to a common goal of being a league leader on and off the field," Falcons owner Arthur Blank said. "I have great respect for the skills and commitment of Rich, Thomas and Smitty, and I look forward to continuing to support and work with them in the years to come."

Smith and Dimitroff both were headed into the final year of their respective contracts in 2014, not a great look with them coming off a nightmare four-win season.

Atlanta gave Smith a three-year deal back in February 2011 and handed Dimitroff a three-year deal in March 2011 as well.

The Falcons look like a prime bounce-back candidate in 2014; they have a franchise quarterback in Matt Ryan who should have healthy receivers in Julio Jones and Roddy White. The offensive line can't be as beat up as it was last season.

The one-year deals don't guarantee their future beyond 2014, of course. If the Falcons struggle again next season, things could get warm quickly in Atlanta. But it's a smart move by Blank because at the very least it eases any concerns about their security with the Falcons.

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