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Sun, 03 Mar 2013 20:15:55 -0800
The Miami Dolphins have until Monday, March 4, to use the franchise tag, and general manager Jeff Ireland said Sunday, March 3, that it was a "likelihood." However, doing so might result in the team overpaying for a player. Since getting hired in 2008, the GM used the tag just once, on DT Paul Soliai, in 2011.
Wed, 27 Feb 2013 08:40:07 -0800
The Miami Dolphins were "active in meetings" with potential free agents at the NFL Scouting Combine, according to a well-placed league source, and general manager Jeff Ireland was looking hard at the wide receiver position.
Thu, 21 Feb 2013 17:31:43 -0800
Miami Dolphins general manager Jeff Ireland indicated the team likely will use their franchise tag on one of their impending free agents.
Thu, 21 Feb 2013 12:14:58 -0800
While there has been no decision on RB Reggie Bush's status, Miami Dolphins general manager Jeff Ireland said the team would love to have a player of his skillset on the roster. "Certainly would, you'd love to have his skillset on the football team, Reggie has a unique set of skill sets, he's been a receiver, a primaryrunning back, I definitely see a role for that type of skill set," Ireland said. "We'll just have to see how things go, we've got a few more days of talking to our own guys and we'll see how things go."
Thu, 21 Feb 2013 12:07:58 -0800
Miami Dolphins general manager Jeff Ireland said the team is not in a rush to sign their own free agents, and the only date Ireland has in mind to finish signing his players is March 9th. "We're going through a process," Ireland said. "I don't think we had to get them done at the first of January. There's no date. Right now the date that I have in my head is March 9th, to get those guys done before they get into that period. So we've taken on the evaluation of our coaching staff, we've been very thorough in that process, finding out what fits. When you have as many of them as we do you can't just make knee-jerk reactions on getting certain guys signed so we've taken a very thorough evaluation and we've met on it many times and this is the time period we're starting to talk to them and try to get some things done."
Thu, 21 Feb 2013 11:56:39 -0800
Miami Dolphins general manager Jeff Ireland praised QB Ryan Tannehill on the first day of the NFL Draft Combine. "As I've said before, Ryan's got 35, 36 games under his belt as a starting quarterback combined from a college and pro career," Ireland said. "And you'd normally like to have 35 games under your belt as a graduating senior so I still think there's a bunch of upside left in Ryan's potential. I like what I see so far. I love his intangible makeup. I love his athletic skill set. We have a long way to go. He knows that. But he can get a lot better. I'm very confident in that."
Thu, 21 Feb 2013 08:42:45 -0800
Miami Dolphins general manager Jeff Ireland said the team has adopted a new approach to the NFL Scouting Combine, as everyone in the organization is in Indianapolis for the event. "Our building is empty right now," Ireland said.
Thu, 21 Feb 2013 08:18:23 -0800
Miami Dolphins general manager Jeff Ireland said the team ideally would like to take the best player available in the NFL Draft; however, it will depend on needs, players available and what the team accomplishes in free agency.
Mon, 04 Feb 2013 16:15:13 -0800
Miami Dolphins general manager Jeff Ireland said the team is expecting a jump in the development of QB Ryan Tannehill next season, now that he has 36 starts at QB. "He's got (36) starts under his belt to this day, and that's huge," Ireland said. "I think we're better for it, I think Ryan is better for it. So now we're kind of going to hopefully see a big jump from that standpoint from his development."
Mon, 04 Feb 2013 16:14:08 -0800
Miami Dolphins general manager Jeff Ireland said the team violated their principles in drafting QB Ryan Tannehill as high as they did. "I think the axiom that you go by in scouting is you like to see a quarterback with 30 starts under his belt before he's ready to play, and we kind of violated that, our principle," Ireland said.
Wed, 23 Jan 2013 13:38:13 -0800
Miami Dolphins general manager Jeff Ireland believes OT Jake Long can still play in the NFL. "I think Jake can still play in this league for sure," Dolphins general manager Jeff Ireland said Tuesday. Long and the Dolphins are still working on a new contract that is believed to be a complicated negotiation.
Wed, 23 Jan 2013 11:05:39 -0800
Miami Dolphins general manager Jeff Ireland said the team is in contract talks with impending free-agent OT Jake Long but it is a very complicated negotiation. He did not rule out using the franchise tag on Long if an agreement is not reached.
Tue, 22 Jan 2013 12:53:49 -0800
The Miami Dolphins have the cap space to add veteran players in the off season, according to general manager Jeff Ireland. "Again, we're in a good position to utilize some of our cap space to bring some veteran players to our football team and then we're in very good position to bring some young players to our team from a draft standpoint," Ireland said. "So it's got to be a good mix and we plan to mix it."
Tue, 22 Jan 2013 11:58:02 -0800
Miami Dolphins general manager Jeff Ireland said that TE Anthony Fasano is a great pro, and he would be shocked if Fasano did not return to the Dolphins next season.
Tue, 22 Jan 2013 11:05:18 -0800
Miami Dolphins general manager Jeff Ireland said the team must get QB Ryan Tannehill help in the offseason. "We've got to get him help," Ireland said of Tannehill."Maybe it's (O-line) help. We've got to score TDs. That's what we didn't do enough of."
Mon, 31 Dec 2012 09:48:57 -0800
Miami Dolphins general manager Jeff Ireland will return in 2013, according to a team source.
Mon, 10 Sep 2012 05:18:54 -0700
Miami Dolphins general manager Jeff Ireland is reportedly on the hot seat after just one week. Owner Stephen Ross made clear he expects a winning team in 2012, though some of Ireland's moves suggest he's far more concerned with 2013 than this season. A friend of Ross believes Ireland will be in serious trouble if the Dolphins bomb. The owner does not have blind faith in his general manager.
Sat, 28 Jul 2012 05:52:39 -0700
Miami Dolphins QB Ryan Tannehill officially missed his second day of practice Saturday, July 28, due to a contract dispute with the team. General manager Jeff Ireland said both sides are making progress in contract talks.
Thu, 19 Jul 2012 05:01:48 -0700
Miami Dolphins general manager Jeff Ireland said the team will not rush QB Ryan Tannehill into a starting role, particularly when QBs Matt Moore and David Garrard are capable starters. "I'm trying not to put too many grandiose expectations on the kid," Ireland said. "I think (Tannehill) is our future. Obviously, I wouldn't have drafted him with the eighth pick in the draft. I feel like he's the kind of guy you want in the locker room, the kind of athlete you want running an offense. But we've got two other quarterbacks here that are very established, very good competitors, so it's not going to be easy for him. But you want him to learn from these other veterans and let it play out."
Thu, 19 Apr 2012 10:45:08 -0700
Miami Dolphins general manager Jeff Ireland hinted the team wasn't necessarily looking to add starters during free agency. "I'm trying to bring depth to the football team, at least this year that's my philosophy," Ireland said. Miami didn't sign any impact free agents; however, they did re-sign DL Paul Soliai.
Thu, 26 Jan 2012 06:45:46 -0800
Updating a previous item, Miami Dolphins general manager Jeff Ireland told his scouts in December that the club would switch in 2012 from a 3-4 defensive alignment to a traditional 4-3. "There are some pieces that we'll need to find, but I think we certainly have personnel that we can make a pretty good transition," Ireland said.
Mon, 09 Jan 2012 07:01:57 -0800
The Miami Dolphins plan to interview Cincinnati Bengals defensive coordinator Mike Zimmer for their head coaching vacancy in the coming days. Zimmer has a very good relationship with general manager Jeff Ireland.
Mon, 12 Dec 2011 06:16:13 -0800
Miami Dolphins general manager Jeff Ireland is expected to return next season. His job is safe. Head coach Tony Sparano, however, is expected to be replaced, although the team is adamant no final decision has been made on this front.
Fri, 22 Apr 2011 07:30:58 -0700
Miami Dolphins general manager Jeff Ireland said the team's strategy for the NFL Draft has been altered due to the NFL lockout, particularly with the draft to be held prior to free agency, reports Adam Caplan, of FOXSports.com. "In preparation with the draft board, it hasn't changed too much. You still put up the board pretty much the same way I have always put it up. Free agency doesn't affect how you evaluate these players. It affects your strategy," Ireland said. "I think that is the most important thing that it affects your strategy going into the draft. Normally by this time, you have hit some musts or some needs or some things that you needed to put on your team. Now it is kind of wide open. Your musts, your wants and your needs are all there and you just have to supplement it with free agency after the draft."
Tue, 22 Feb 2011 08:12:36 -0800
Miami Dolphins general manager Jeff Ireland said the organization cannot ignore addressing the defense in the NFL Draft, even though the unit finished sixth overall in 2010, according to CBSSports.com.
Wed, 26 Jan 2011 12:04:18 -0800
Miami Dolphins general manager Jeff Ireland said the team will look to improve the speed at all of the positions on the football field, reports Omar Kelly, of the South Florida Sun-Sentinel. "I'd like to get more speed on defense, more speed in the return game. Obviously, in the skill positions (speed) is a dynamic that you have to have. We're looking to increase total team speed," Ireland said.
Tue, 25 Jan 2011 06:45:25 -0800
Miami Dolphins general manager Jeff Ireland and head coach Tony Sparano paid close attention to Washington QB Jake Locker during Senior Bowl practice Monday, Jan. 24, according to Ben Volin, of the Palm Beach Post.
Sat, 22 Jan 2011 10:30:03 -0800
The Miami Dolphins have signed general manager Jeff Ireland to a multi-year contract extension. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.
Fri, 07 Jan 2011 11:14:13 -0800
Miami Dolphins head coach Tony Sparano's relationship with general manager Jeff Ireland has become strained after the team courted Stanford head coach Jim Harbaugh to become their new head coach, a source told Mike Berardino, of the South Florida Sun-Sentinel.
Tue, 04 Jan 2011 08:53:30 -0800
The Miami Dolphins have yet to make any statement on head coach Tony Sparano's future, according to NFL Network's Jason La Canfora. However, a league source told NFL.com's Steve Wyche that it will be "hard for Sparano to survive" with the Dolphins. The question now is more about general manager Jeff Ireland's status. Behind the scenes, the Dolphins are trying to determine if they can land a higher profile coach who might be a better fit and play a more attractive brand of offensive football.
Tue, 07 Sep 2010 09:50:47 -0700
Miami Dolphins vice president of football operations Bill Parcells has stepped down from his position but will remain with the team as a consultant. Jeff Ireland will assume full control over all aspects and decisions regarding the team.
Fri, 30 Apr 2010 09:39:16 -0700
Miami Dolphins owner Stephen Ross will not punish general manager Jeff Ireland for asking inappropriate questions during a pre-draft interview with Dallas Cowboys WR Dez Bryant, reports The Miami Herald's Armando Salguero. Ross said he looked into the incident and considers to case closed.
Wed, 28 Apr 2010 16:12:08 -0700
Miami Dolphins owner Stephen Ross will "take appropriate actions if necessary" against general manager Jeff Ireland for asking Dallas Cowboys WR Dez Bryant if his mother was ever a prostitute. Ross said, "As an owner of many companies and organizations, including the Miami Dolphins, I have always strived to comply with the highest standards in all aspects of my businesses, including recruiting. In interviewing employees, we always look to obtain relevant and appropriate information in adherence with the best industry practices."
Wed, 28 Apr 2010 04:44:04 -0700
Miami Dolphins general manager Jeff Ireland apologized to Dallas Cowboys rookie WR Dez Bryant Tuesday, April 27, for asking during a pre-NFL Draft visit whether his mother was a prostitute, reports Calvin Watkins, of ESPNDallas.com. "My job is to find out as much information as possible about a player that I'm considering drafting. Sometimes that leads to asking in-depth questions," Ireland said. "Having said that, I talked to Dez Bryant and told him I used poor judgment in one of the questions I asked him. I certainly meant no disrespect and apologized to him."
Thu, 08 Apr 2010 10:23:51 -0700
Omar Kelly, of the South Florida Sun-Sentinel, reports Miami Dolphins general manager Jeff Ireland said the team has options to trade up or down in the first round of the 2010 NFL Draft. "We have options to trade down and trade up, but we feel like there's going to be good players there," Ireland said.
Mon, 06 Apr 2009 12:03:09 -0700
The South Florida SunSentinel, reports Miami Dolphins general manager Jeff Ireland said it is time for WR Ted Ginn Jr. to step up on the field. "Teddy is going into his third year and I think it's time for him to really show what he was drafted here to do," Ireland said.
Sun, 05 Apr 2009 09:49:26 -0700
NFLDraftBible.com reports St. Paul CB Greg Toler had a good visit with the Miami Dolphins. Toler met with general manager Jeff Ireland and head coach Tony Sparano.
Fri, 03 Apr 2009 11:58:30 -0700
Brian Biggane, of the Palm Beach Post, reports Miami Dolphins general manager Jeff Ireland said the team likely will have a specific focus on cornerbacks in the 2009 NFL Draft because the team has three cornerbacks who are in the last year of their contract.
Fri, 03 Apr 2009 11:42:02 -0700
Omar Kelly, of the South Florida SunSentinel, reports Miami Dolphins general manager Jeff Ireland did not rule out the possibility of signing unrestricted free-agent DE Jason Taylor (Redskins) but did not seem very interested in the option. "You have to look at all these things, but with players like Jason, who is going to be 35 in September, you have to look at whether veteran players are progress-stoppers for younger players. We have to look at that," Ireland said. Ireland also said Taylor's asking price would also be a factor in the team's decision to sign him.
Fri, 03 Apr 2009 08:52:07 -0700
Tim Graham, of ESPN.com, reports Miami Dolphins general manager Jeff Ireland said the team would not be interested in acquiring Atlanta Falcons QB Michael Vick if he is reinstated by the NFL. "I would say that we don't [have interest in Vick] right now. We have three terrific quarterbacks on our roster, and I'm not really interested in going after Michael," Ireland said.
Wed, 25 Mar 2009 15:00:02 -0700
Harvey Fialkov, of the South Florida Sun-Sentinel, reports Miami Dolphins QB Chad Pennington said he has no reaction to the talk that QB Chad Henne will get more playing time during the preseason because he said the team's front office has been up front with him. "I have no reaction to it. It's not news. [Head coach Tony Sparano], [executive vice president of football operations Bill Parcells] and [general manager Jeff Ireland] have been up front since day one about my future. My future is now."
Tue, 24 Mar 2009 06:43:53 -0700
Armando Salguero, of The Miami Herald, reports Miami Dolphins QB Chad Henne has impressed vice president Bill Parcells, general manager Jeff Ireland and head coach Tony Sparano with his arm strength and movement in practice and the three games he played in last year. Once Henne gains some experience, the Dolphins feel he will be an upgrade over QB Chad Pennington because of his arm strength, and he should help the development of the passing game.
Sun, 08 Mar 2009 14:38:29 -0700
Barry Jackson, of the Miami Herald, reports the Miami Dolphins could have interest in University of Connecticut CB Darius Butler in the 2009 NFL Draft. Butler said Miami was "showing a lot of interest" in him and that he saw general manager Jeff Ireland at some of his games. Butler also met with Ireland and head coach Tony Sparano at the Senior Bowl and NFL Combine.
Wed, 28 Jan 2009 11:23:05 -0800
Jeff Darlington, of the Miami Herald, reports Miami Dolphins general manager Jeff Ireland said he is not fazed about picking 25th overall in the first round of the 2009 NFL Draft. "Historically, when you look back five or seven years in the draft you'll see that spot is a pretty good spot for starters in this league, guys who have had good success," Ireland said.
Thu, 22 Jan 2009 09:05:30 -0800
Edgar Thompson, of the Palm Beach Post, reports Miami Dolphins general manager Jeff Ireland said the team has begun negotiations with some of its impending unrestricted free agents but would not name any of the players.
Mon, 16 Jun 2008 12:33:27 -0700
Tim Graham, of The Palm Beach Post, reports Miami Dolphins general manager Jeff Ireland wants the team's three remaining draft picks to be signed within the next two weeks.
Sun, 27 Apr 2008 07:44:23 -0700
Mike Sando, of ESPN.com, reports Miami Dolphins general manager Jeff Ireland told reporters that no teams called the Dolphins about acquiring DE Jason Taylor on the first day of the draft. Any team interested in Taylor would likely call Sunday, April 27, offering a lower-round pick.
Thu, 24 Apr 2008 09:33:14 -0700
The Associated Press reports the Miami Dolphins could trade up with their second pick (32nd overall) in this year's NFL Draft. "It is something that will be explored," general manager Jeff Ireland said. "It will depend if the right player is there, whether we move back up in there and go after the player."
Mon, 21 Apr 2008 10:40:13 -0700
Armando Salguero, of The Miami Herald, reports Miami Dolphins general manager Jeff Ireland said he thinks there is good depth at the quarterback position in this year's NFL Draft. He thinks there will be at least a dozen quarterbacks that will be on NFL rosters in 2008.