this is the FALCONS cap manager - his name is Nick Polk and his primary job is managing the cap - he never gets credit though. You know how much Rich McKay has to do w/ the cap? ZERO. TD is Polk's boss but Polk is the one with the strategy for managing the cap and structuring contracts accordingly - obviously TD is heavily involved but he is not the brains behind the cap mgmt.
DIRECTOR OF FOOTBALL OPERATIONS
Nick Polk enters his ninth season as director of football operations in 2016. He spent five seasons as the club’s director of football administration and enters his 14th year overall with the team. He works closely with General Manager Thomas Dimitroff on all contract proposals, negotiations, and salary cap management. Polk also helps coordinate the Falcons compliance with the NFL’s Collective Bargaining Agreement and labor related issues. Aside from his football operations duties with the Falcons, Polk was responsible for all aspects of the football operations of the Georgia Force, namely; scouting, player selection and development, coach, and player contracts. The Force won the Southern Division title, the National Conference Championship and advanced to Arena Bowl XIX in 2005. Prior to arriving in Atlanta, Polk served as the director of football operations for NFL Europe for four years where he directed all of the NFL Europe League Football Operations.
Polk’s time at the League included serving on the NFL Diversity Committee, assisting in football operations at Super Bowl XXXVII and Super Bowl XXXVIII, as well as working as an NFL instant replay communicator for two seasons. He also participated in the inaugural class of the NFL Managers Training program at the Stanford Executive Education Graduate School of Business and in the NFL’s Career Development Symposium at Wharton Business school in 2014 . Polk was previously head football coach at his alma mater, Lock Haven University of Pennsylvania, for four years. He earned a degree in health and physical education and went on to gain a master’s degree in physical education/higher education from James Madison University. He spent five years at JMU as a graduate assistant/restricted earnings coach in the secondary, defensive line, and linebacker positions. He also served in different coaching roles at Brown University, Delaware State University and Southern Connecticut State University.
Born in Mineola, New York and raised in Williamsport, Pennsylvania, Polk and his wife, Michelle, live in Braselton, Georgia, with their two daughters, Maddie and Michaela.