Dimitroff Updates Free Agency on Podcast

Dimitroff Updates Free Agency on Podcast

Jay Adams

Published March 16, 2012 at 9:33 AM

Getting inside the mind of Falcons general manager Thomas Dimitroff is not an easy thing to do. A product of Bill Belichick’s New England dynasty, Dimitroff plays his cards close to the vest during the free agency and draft period.

While fans are eager to hear anything, even so much as a ridiculous rumor, out of the Falcons in the three days since free agency started, Dimitroff isn’t the type to tip his hand one way or another.

He did, however, lend some insight into what may be the Falcons’ strategy during the free agency period this week when he appeared on an NFL.com podcast with Matt “Money” Smith and Bucky Brooks.

“I was interested to see how the market would pan out at a couple of positions,” Dimitroff told Smith and Brooks, “and it’s kind of played out how I expected this year.”

Dimitroff and his staff have been hard at work since the season ended, focusing on free agency and the draft. They’ve poured over every scenario imaginable and, based on their findings, have put together a plan for the two crucial offseason periods. While plenty of teams have been in a frenzy with free agents since the period started, others have sat back and taken a more methodical approach.

For Dimitroff, as he said on the podcast, that might mean following that approach to a tee.

“Every year since we’ve been here, we’ve taken a free agent. That’s helped us go into the draft. The first year, as you know, it was Michael Turner. The second year, we considered the Tony Gonzalez trade to be a free agent move. The year after that it was Dunta Robinson and the year after that, last year, it was Ray Edwards,” he said. “Again, (the free agency period) really allows a team to be aggressive enough to get someone in place so that they don’t have to just use the draft to build, and for us, as you know, we do not have a first-round pick this year or a fourth-round (pick), so free agency is going to be important. Does it mean, Bucky, that we need to be very aggressive at the beginning of free agency? It means we have to have a really good feel of what free agency may offer us throughout weeks to come.”

Listen to the entire podcast here. Dimitroff’s comments begin shortly after the 30-minute mark.

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