Dimitroff brushes off Clowney’s trade request

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Falcons general manager Thomas Dimitroff responded to South Carolina defensive end Jadeveon Clowney’s plea for a trade.

“That’s great to hear that, but I’m sure he’s saying that to everyone as well,” Dimitroff told the

Thomas Dimitroff responds to report that Jadeveon Clowney wants the Falcons to trade up for him.

NFL Network’s Kimberly Jones after the linebacker session on Monday. “He’s making sure that he follows back around.

“Look, like I’ve said, I’ve been very clear about this, we will always be open for business. We will always be open to move up and back, depends on what’s right for us.

“Again, I feel really comfortable with where we are at six, but there are opportunities on both sides of six.”

Jones followed up with a question about getting the Falcons back on track after last season’s 4-12 debacle.

“In the draft, we are real excited about what's in the draft, offensively and defensively,” Dimitroff said. “We also think there will be some legitimate opportunities in free agency.

"That’s what it’s about, taking every thing into consideration. We know where we need to go. We know what we need to tweak and adjust. As I mentioned before, we’ve done it on the coaching side. We’ve done it on the personnel side. Now, it’s time to really hone in on where we are with the players.”

Clowney, who had a dazzling partial workout, told a reporter from ESPN.com that he wanted to Falcons to trade up to select him.

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D. Orlando Ledbetter
D. Orlando Ledbetter
D. Orlando Ledbetter is the Atlanta Falcons beat writer for The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.