Falcons give extensions to Smith, executives

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The Atlanta Falcons extended the contracts of coach Mike Smith, vice president Rich McKay and general manager Thomas Dimitroff on Monday.

McKay received a four-year extension through 2019, while Smith and Dimitroff each received one-year extensions.

"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," owner Arthur Blank said in a statement. "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."

There was a possibility that McKay would return to his former team, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, after they made major changes to their coaching staff and front office.

Dimitroff recently hired his former boss, Scott Pioli, as assistant general manager. The two worked together with the New England Patriots.

Smith also got an extension, despite the Falcons' awful 4-12 season. It was the first year the Falcons had a losing record under Smith, who took over as coach in 2008.

Smith, 54, signed a three-year extension in 2011 at $2.2 million per year with one year left on his original deal. The Falcons are 60-36 in six years under Smith and reached the playoffs in four of those seasons.
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