An in-depth look at what the Falcons could be getting in former front office executive Terry Fontenot Will McFadden
The Atlanta Falcons are conducting a thorough search to find their next general manager.
Team president and CEO Rich McKay is primarily overseeing the search and will consult trusted advisors before he and Falcons owner Arthur Blank reach a decision. It's unclear exactly how long this process will take, but there are already some candidates who have been linked to the Falcons.
As Atlanta continues to go about its search, we'll compile some of the more notable facts and information about each candidate reportedly in the running for the Falcons' opening.
Current title: Saints VP/Assistant General Manager - Pro Personnel
Key NFL roles
Fontenot got his foot in the NFL door as a marketing intern with the New Orleans Saints. It was in that role when general manager Mickey Loomis noticed Fontenot and asked him to join the team's scouting staff as an intern. For the next 18 seasons, Fontenot worked his way up through the organization, spending time as a pro scouting assistant and an assistant in player personnel. Eventually, Fontenot was promoted to pro scout, a role he held for seven seasons before being promoted again to director of pro scouting, which he held for the same amount of time. Fontenot was then made Loomis's right-hand man in 2020 when his role expanded to become VP/Assistant General Manager - Pro Personnel.
Notable players acquired during time with team
New Orleans Saints
DE Cameron Jordan - via draft RB Mark Ingram - via draft CB Keenan Lewis - via free agency TE Benjamin Watson - via free agency OT Terron Armstead - via draft WR Brandin Cooks - via draft C Max Unger - via trade OT Andrus Peat - via draft WR Michael Thomas - via draft S Vonn Bell - via draft G Larry Warford - via free agency WR Ted Ginn Jr. - via free agency RB Adrian Peterson - via free agency LB A.J. Klein - via free agency LB Manti Te'o - via free agency CB Marshon Lattimore - via draft OT Ryan Ramczyk - via draft FS Marcus Williams - via draft RB Alvin Kamara - via draft DE Trey Hendrickson - via draft DE Marcus Davenport - via draft WR Tre'Quan Smith - via draft OL Nick Easton - via free agency RB Latavius Murray - via free agency TE Jared Cook - via free agency C Erik McCoy - via draft S Chauncey Gardner-Johnson - via draft QB Teddy Bridgewater - via trade CB Eli Apple - via trade S Malcolm Jenkins - via free agency WR Emmanuel Sanders - via free agency QB Jameis Winston - via free agency
Overall team success while in prominent role
New Orleans Saints (2006-20)
Record: 138-86 (.616) Best season: 2009 (13-3 record, won NFC South, won Super Bowl) Pro Bowlers: 63 Drew Brees: 2008, 2011 AP Offensive Player of the Year; 2009 Super Bowl MVP Michael Thomas: 2019 AP Offensive Player of the Year Marshon Lattimore: 2017 AP Defensive Rookie of the Year Alvin Kamara: 2017 AP Offensive Rookie of the Year
Other notable information
While Mickey Loomis deserves the bulk of the credit for helping turn around one of the NFL's long-suffering franchises, it's clear for his rise in the organization that Terry Fontenot is thought highly of for his role in helping do that. The Saints have been able to field talented rosters for much of the past 15 years, winning one Super Bowl and claiming six NFC South titles. They are on their way towards winning their fourth-straight division title, all of which have come while Fontenot was in a key role in the organization. New Orleans has constantly been in tough cap situations, but they've managed to sustain success on the field.
"You watch Mickey Loomis -- who I think is the best in the league -- and coach Payton -- I think he's the best in the league -- and the way they do things in an organization like this and you'll learn a lot. I think that's why people get opportunities from here. We understand that, and it's good. But at the end of the day, you've got to win football games if anybody's going to get an opportunity. So right now that's what we're looking forward to -- bringing in the right players so we can win games and win championships." - Terry Fontenot to Evan Woodbery ofThe Times-Picayune
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