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Sunday, December 27, 2009
Falcons extend McKay's contract

By Pat Yasinskas
ESPN.com

As speculation swirls about possible major changes for several NFC South teams, the Falcons are sticking with what they’ve got.

Chris Mortensen reports team president Rich McKay has agreed to a five-year contract extension. McKay previously was the team’s general manager, but was moved to president when the team restructured and brought in general manager Thomas Dimitroff and coach Mike Smith.

There had been speculation McKay would look for another job with the powers of a general manager. But he appears to have become comfortable in his new role, which focuses on business aspects more than football. McKay still has some involvement on the football side, overseeing the salary cap and as a co-chairman of the NFL’s competition committee, but his main duty these days is to lead the effort for the Falcons to get a new stadium.