Dolphins sign GM Ireland to multi-year extension

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The Miami Dolphins have signed general manager Jeff Ireland to a multi-year contract extension, a decision owner Steve Ross called "an easy one."

The Dolphins made Ireland their GM following the disastrous 2007 season, when they went 1-15. Ireland revamped the team, bringing in head coach Tony Sparano and signing quarterback Chad Pennington, among other moves. The work paid off the following season, when Miami went 11-5 and won the AFC East.

Miami has gone 7-9 in each of the last two seasons, ending each campaign with a three-game losing streak, but the club is sticking with its existing management structure. Sparano signed a two-year extension earlier this month, after the Dolphins had reported flirtations with Jim Harbaugh, and Ross is confident in the foundation Ireland has built.

"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," Ross said. "Jeff has my full support moving forward as we pursue our goals to build the best and brightest front office in the National Football League and ultimately to win a Super Bowl championship for all of South Florida and Dolphin fans around the world."

Ireland, who joined the Dolphins after a seven-year stint with Dallas, assumed full control over all aspects of the football team and support staff in September when Bill Parcells stepped aside.


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