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Falcons GM search: Five things to know about Terry Fontenot

An in-depth look at what the Falcons could be getting in former front office executive Terry Fontenot

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.


Terry Fontenot

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.

Telling quote

"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 of The Times-Picayune


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