Dolphins General Manager Ireland Signs Contract Extension

MIAMI (Reuters) – General Manager Jeff Ireland has signed a multi-year contract extension to stay in control of a team he has transformed since joining them after their woeful 2007 season.

The extension, which had been widely expected, was announced by Dolphins owner Steve Ross on Saturday.

“The decision to extend Jeff’s contract as our general manager was an easy one,” Ross said in a statement.

“The young talent that Jeff has assembled during his three years with the Dolphins has made a profound impact on our franchise’s recovery from the 1-15 season of 2007.

“Jeff has my full support moving forward as we pursue our goals to build the best and brightest front office in the and ultimately to win a Championship.”

Ireland was initially recruited from the in January 2008 by Dolphins head of football operations to help revive the fortunes of the league’s worst-performing team.

Ireland had been in charge of college and pro scouting for the Cowboys and has since produced a 25-24 record with Miami, along with an AFC East title.

“I appreciate the support of the entire Dolphin organization, from Steve Ross all the way down,” Ireland said.

“We have a young and talented nucleus to build on, and as we continue to add quality players through all the means available to us, we will give our fans the type of team they deserve.”

(Writing by Mark Lamport-Stokes; Editing by Peter Rutherford)