At first glance, the Miami Dolphins giving a 1-year contract extension to their general manager, Jeff Ireland, after a 3-0 start would seem fairly basic. After all, teams that exceed expectations sometimes overreact and give out contracts (see: Buffalo Bills and Ryan Fitzpatrick) to reward that performance, and that would make sense here. However, this is a bit of an interesting spot.
This agreement happened before the season began.
Why, you would ask, would Miami have given their embattled GM a new deal before the season? Frankly, I have no idea. There were whispers that Ireland could be on the way out with a bad year in 2013, but the Miami Herald is reporting that his new deal has been signed for over a month.
It appears that the off-season “splash” moves to acquire Mike Wallace and Brent Grimes paid off for Ireland (literally and figuratively), but the Dolphins’ performance in the early going may keep him in Miami well past 2014. It’s important to note that the Dolphins are virtually winning in spite of Wallace (the $60 million acquisition), but Ireland was responsible for selecting Ryan Tannehill at #8 overall, and that selection is looking like a phenomenal one in the aftermath of Miami’s win over Atlanta in week 3.
Congrats to Ireland on the new deal… even if it wasn’t as cut and dry as it appeared.