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Atlanta Falcons have hired former Kansas City Chiefs general manager Scott Pioli to assist their current GM, Thomas Dimitroff, reports ESPN.

The 48-year-old began his NFL career when he was hired by Bill Belichick as a scouting assistant for the Cleveland Browns in 1992.

Eight years later, he followed Belichick to the Patriots in 2000, and was appointed as a national scout at the Gillette Stadium, before being promoted to director of college scouting the following year.

Pioli has also worked with Dimitroff before, enjoying six seasons alongside the Falcons general manager, as the vice president of player personnel in Foxborough, Massachusetts.

"Scott is one of the most respected and adept talent evaluators in the NFL and a member of three Super Bowl championship teams," enthused Dimitroff, in a statement released on Wednesday. "We have worked together well in the past and been friends for more than 20 years.

"We have had the opportunity to experience a lot of success together, and I am very pleased that he has agreed to join our personnel team so we can work together again.

"We have made the commitment to improve every aspect of our organization this offseason, and with the addition of Scott to our personnel department, we have taken an important step to enhance our scouting staff."

Pioli is set to join the Falcons' staff on February 3, 2014, when his contract and commitments with NBC Sports Network and Sirius XM Radio is complete.

Falcons owner Arthur M. Blank also heaped praise on the appointment, pinpointing Pioli's wealth of knowledge and experience as a fundamental factor behind his recruitment.

"Adding a seasoned personnel executive with the track record like Scott's is in line with our organizational philosophy of making investments in hiring the best people," he said.

"This move was made as a result of Thomas' competitive drive to build the best personnel team in the NFL, and the addition of Scott to his team certainly reflects that."

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