Nick Polk, who's been with the Falcons for 10 years, was named as the team's director of football operations on Thursday.
“Nick does a very good job of managing our salary cap,” said general manager Thomas Dimitroff in a statement. “His communication regarding our cap situation has paid dividends over the last five years and we are fortunate to have him as a member of our organization.”
Polk spent the last five seasons as the team's director of football administration. He works closely with Dimitroff on all contract proposals, negotiations and salary cap management. He has also been the team's liaison to the agents, who represent the players as he keeps a low profile, rarely speaking to the media.
Polk was also responsible for operating the Georgia Force of the Arena Football League when the team was owned by Arthur Blank. Prior to his time with the Falcons, Polk served as the senior director of football operations for NFL Europe for three years.
Polk’s time at the league office included serving on the NFL diversity committee, assisting in football operations at Super Bowl XXXVII and Super Bowl XXXVIII, as well as working as an NFL instant replay communicator for two seasons. He also participated in the inaugural class of the NFL managers training program at Stanford.
Considering the long odds that rookie Ryan Schraeder beat just to make it to training camp with the Falcons, perhaps it should come as no surprise that the never-ending shuffle of the team’s offensive line has moved him into a more prominent role.