Atlanta Falcons: 10 worst decisions during Thomas Dimitroff era

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Oct 11, 2020; Atlanta, Georgia, USA; Atlanta Falcons general manager Thomas Dimitroff on the field during the game against the Carolina Panthers during the fourth quarter at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports

Atlanta Falcons fans for the most part do not like Thomas Dimitroff; some reasons are certainly valid, while others are not.

It has been tiring to see the Atlanta Falcons consistently strapped for cash. They seemingly can never go out there and sign bigger name-free agents. This is due to the big contracts among the top players on the team, and a few bad free agent signings.

Certainly, the players that have been re-signed from inside the organization have been well worth it. Matt Ryan, Deion Jones, Grady Jarrett, and others have been fabulous for the team. No debating that signing them to extensions was a good idea.

Yes, including Matt Ryan! Matt Ryan is the franchise QB for the team and a proven winner. Is he getting paid a ton of money? Yes, but that is what having a consistent QB will cost you.

There have certainly been bad moves made by every team in the NFL, it is not just the Atlanta Falcons. You simply cannot hit on every pick, or every free agent signing you make.

Here are the top ten worst moves made by the Atlanta Falcons during Thomas Dimitroff’s reign as the general manager from 2008 to 2020.

10) Signing Dante Fowler Jr. to a three year, $48 million dollar contract

Wow, how one year makes a world of difference, especially with the Atlanta Falcons signing of Dante Fowler Jr.

He was given this huge contract to come in a provide something off of the edge, that is it. He did the exact opposite. Providing nothing but three sacks in 14 games on the year.

He was one of the most ineffective pass rushers in the entire NFL.

This lack of production could be caused by having little help around him, and having chaos amongst the team as they were not good last season. Hopefully, Fowler will rebound with vengeance this upcoming year.

Also give credit to Terry Fontenot for being able to cut his salary, and make it more manageable.

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