The Atlanta Falcons have shaken up their front office after mutually parting ways with director of pro personnel Steve Sabo.
Sabo had been with the Falcons for the last 12 years including a role as college scouting director.
Sabo was hired under former general manager Thomas Dimitroff and was retained this past season under new general manager Terry Fontenot.
Sabo released a statement announcing his departure.
“After 12 seasons with the Atlanta Falcons, I am looking to the future as Terry Fontenot and I have mutually decided it’s time for a new opportunity,” wrote Sabo. “I’ve been fortunate to fill a variety of roles on both the college and pro sides for the organization, from area scout to director of college scouting to director of player personnel and pro director, and I am grateful for that.
The past 12 seasons have been a great ride with multiple playoff appearances including the run to Super Bowl LI in the 2016 season, among so many other victories and memories. I have truly enjoyed my time in Atlanta and look forward to the future with my family.”
The timing of the move comes as a bit of a surprise with the Falcons having just spent the week at the Senior Bowl scouting prospects for the upcoming draft. With the multiple coaching changes around the NFL, including the pending change at Fontenot’s former employer the New Orleans Saints, much of the NFL is in flux.
Former Falcons coach Mike McDaniel was just hired as the head coach of the Miami Dolphins. McDaniel and Sabo crossed paths in 2015 and 2016 when McDaniel was an offensive assistant for the Falcons.