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Thomas Dimitroff likes Arthur Blank’s willingness to spend

Thomas Dimitroff, Arthur Blank AP

Earlier this week, Falcons General Manager Thomas Dimitroff said that the Falcons have around $7 million in cap space available and that the team was holding onto it for the moment in case there are any emergencies during training camp.

That doesn’t sound like the only circumstance that would part the Falcons from their money, however. Dimitroff said that one of the reasons he enjoys working for owner Arthur Blank is that Blank does not want to sit on salary cap space when there’s an opportunity to add a player who can help the team.

“The greatest thing about having an owner like Arthur Blank, and I say this time and time again, is that he wants us to spend up to the cap,” Dimitroff said, via D. Orlando Ledbetter of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. “He doesn’t want us to be fooling around having $15 million or $20 million dollars sitting there. He encourages us to be aggressive with our deals and that’s one of the things that draws a lot of free agents to this market quite honestly, having an owner [like] Arthur.”

When Dimitroff was discussing the Falcons’ cap space this week, he indicated there were no plans to revisit the possibility of defensive lineman Richard Seymour joining the team, although getting through camp with that space intact could lead to a change of heart. Or it could allow the Falcons to pick up some useful pieces that fail to make rosters elsewhere in the league in order to further round out a roster that many expect to challenge for the NFC title.

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7 Responses to “Thomas Dimitroff likes Arthur Blank’s willingness to spend”
  1. bucswin10 says: Aug 2, 2013 10:01 AM

    Good article, now everybody knows the Dimitroff is a brown noser…

  2. breakingb says: Aug 2, 2013 10:04 AM

    Matt Ryan is shocked…

  3. kane337 says: Aug 2, 2013 10:14 AM

    Arthur Blank is the best

  4. dasboat says: Aug 2, 2013 10:50 AM

    With a salary cap and floor, isn’t “willingness to spend” meaningless?

  5. spankymcwanky says: Aug 2, 2013 10:52 AM

    I find it pretty pathetic that this is a story. Saying you’re happy your owner wants you to spend money to add players that could help the team should not even be an issue. The league should address those owners who don’t want to spend money to improve their team. Owners who don’t genuinely try to improve their teams by not spending money diminish the game in general. Of course, why would the NFL really care if they’re raking in the TV money anyway. Its us fans who get screwed, and I’ve seen nothing from the NFL that makes me think they actually care about the fans. If their pockets are getting filled, then why would they.

  6. atlfan31833 says: Aug 2, 2013 11:48 AM

    The Falcons are the team to play for. Great owner, GM, coach and team. Once the playoff wins come (and they eventually will) then others will begrudgingly admit it as well, just not out loud.

  7. freepretzels says: Aug 2, 2013 12:21 PM

    I’ve never heard anything bad about Arthur Blank from anyone who actually knows him.

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