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Jeff Ireland contract extended by Dolphins

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The Miami Dolphins have extended the contract of General Manager Jeff Ireland, according to a report.

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The Miami Dolphins have started the season 3-0 for the first time since 2002. That has the team and the fans excited about the future of the team. It also has Dolphins owner Stephen Ross feeling more secure about securing General Manager Jeff Ireland's job beyond this year.

Ireland, who was believed to be in the final year of his current deal, has had his contract extended by Ross this offseason, according to a report from the Miami Herald's Adam Beasley. The exact details of the extension are still not known, but it will guarantee at least another year with Ireland making personnel decisions for the team.

Ireland has been under fire from fans over the past few years, thanks to a four year run of losing seasons for Miami, but, since coming out of the shadow of Bill Parcels and the hire of head coach Joe Philbin, Ireland seems to be putting together a team capable of winning, starting with the 3-0 start currently being enjoyed.

Of course, Ireland, Philbin, and the entire team's future is helped by the development and emergence of second year quarterback Ryan Tannehill this year. Despite it being early in the season, already people are seeing in Tannehill the quarterback needed to solidify the position for Miami for the first time since Dan Marino's retirement.

Beasley's report states that the Dolphins declined to comment on his story.

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