Dolphins hire of Jeff Ireland as GM (updated)
No press conference has been scheduled yet but Ireland has already finalized the details of his new contract with Miami.
"I am excited about joining the Dolphins as their general manager," Ireland said in a statement. "I know the great tradition of the team, and in my mind [it] is one of the flagship franchises in the NFL."
Club owner Wayne Huizenga flew to the team's training facility at 12:20 -- yes, I said flew as in aboard his helicopter -- to meet the man who will work hand in hand with football czar Bill Parcells. Huizenga left sometime in the 2 o'clock hour.
Ireland will begin working for the Dolphins, "immediately," according to the Dolphins which ends speculation whether he would have to wait until after the April draft when his old contract with the Dallas Cowboys was scheduled to expire.
Let me give you an example of how certain this hiring was: When the Falcons were thinking they had landed Parcells, he practically made Ireland's hiring part of the deal. He wanted Ireland in and Rich McKay out. So Arthur Blank agreed to hire Ireland, sight unseen, assuming Parcells was coming.
Parcells and Ireland worked together for four seasons in Dallas and Ireland was in his current position for three of those. The two had dinner last night and showed up to the training facility at around 8 a.m.
This became official around 3:15 p.m.