FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. — The Atlanta Falcons have announced that their assistant general manager is stepping down.

According to a statement from the Falcons, Scott Pioli came to the Falcons in 2014 after four seasons as the general manager of the Kansas City Chiefs.

“Over the last five years Scott has not only provided tremendous value to me, but to the entire the Falcons organization, Falcons general manager Thomas Dimitroff said. "He is a dear friend and will be missed within our organization."

Before his time with the Chiefs - and then the Falcons - Pioli had been with several other teams in varying capacities including the New England Patriots, New York Jets, Baltimore Ravens and Cleveland Browns.

“When I accepted this position more than five years ago, we all believed this would likely be a two or three-year working relationship," he said. "I came in to work closely with Thomas on personnel structure, processes and decisions."

Pioli added that after five years with the Falcons, he's "ready for a change" though he didn't mention what that change would be.

He did, however, thank the organization and his co-workers in Flowery Branch.

"It has truly been an honor to be a part of this organization and I am thankful to have been a part of this football team and the Falcons family," he said.

Dimitroff said the Falcons are still working to assess the structure of the organization in the Pioli's absence as they move forward.

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