According to Jason La Canfora, the Falcons would like to speak with former Texans GM Rick Smith for their opening at general manager.
La Canfora writes the Falcons want to start interviewing next month and one of their options is Smith. He’s not currently employed by an NFL team so he can be interviewed at any time.
La Canfora adds Smith knows Falcons team president Rich McKay from their time together on the competition committee. McKay is leading the search for a new GM and head coach in Atlanta.
Smith could potentially join Falcons interim HC Raheem Morris, per La Canfora, as Morris has led the team to a 3-1 record since taking over.
Smith took a leave of absence from Houston following the 2017 season to take care of his wife after she was diagnosed with breast cancer. She passed away in 2019 and after taking more time away, Smith appears to be ready to return to football.
He was a strong candidate for the Washington general manager opening at the beginning of this year.
Smith began his NFL coaching career with the Broncos back in 1996 as their assistant defensive backs coach before he took over as their director of pro personnel in 2000.
After 11 seasons with the Broncos, Smith departed to become the general manager of the Texans. He was elevated to GM/executive VP in 2012.
During his time as the Texans’ GM, Smith led them to a record of 92-100 (48.1 percent), which included four playoff appearances over the course of 12 seasons.