Steve Sabo, 36, who spent the previous 11 seasons with the Cleveland Browns, was hired by the Falcons as an area scout on Tuesday.
Sabo served as the Browns’ senior director of pro personnel in 2009, was responsible for scouting NFL teams and assisted with advance scouting of upcoming opponents. In addition to his scouting responsibilities, he played a role in
the acquisition of unrestricted free agents and preparation for the NFL Draft.
“We are excited about the addition of Steve to our scouting department,” Falcons general manager Thomas Dimitroff said in a statement released by the team. “Steve has15 years of scouting experience and possess an adept scouting perspective that we feel will mesh well with our scouting philosophy and scouting department.”
Before joining the Browns, Sabo, a native of Willingboro, N.J. who graduated from Kutztown University in 1993, spent five seasons with the New Orleans Saints as an administrative assistant and scout.
Sabo is likely taking the role that was vacated just before the NFL scouting combine in February, when scout Bruce Plummer, who had been with the team for 10 years, was relieved of his duties.
In January, Sabo and his staff was fired in Cleveland when new general manager Tom Heckert took over.
He joined the “expansion” Browns in 1998 when the NFL assigned a staff of scouts to get a jump on the expansion draft while entities were bidding for ownership.
Sabo remained through four regimes and ascended to his senior level position.