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Dolphins GM Jeff Ireland Would Love to Pay Rookies $5,000-$6,000 and Say ‘Go Earn It’
by November 30, 1999 @ 12:00 am (Category : Uncategorized )

Jul 3rd 2008 9:24AM by Ryan Wilson (author feed)
Filed under: Dolphins, AFC East
Dolphins general manager Jeff Ireland had hoped to have all the 2008 draft picks under contract by July 1. Obviously, that didn’t happen, but to be honest, it was an ambitious undertaking. Training camp is still some three weeks off, and there’s plenty of time to ink second-rounders Phillip Merling and Chad Henne, and third-rounder Kendall Langford.

Yesterday, Ireland appeared on WQAM’s Dolphins Tonight to discuss the state of negotiations, scouting the Arena leagues and the CFL, and the risks that go along with paying unproven players obscene amounts of money. I’m guessing owners love his plan to restructure NFL salaries, but the union might feel differently: “You just wish you could pay them five or six thousand dollars and say, Go earn it, but it’s not the same anymore,” Ireland said. “But really it comes down to what we’re trying to accomplish from a culture standpoint. You want guys that when you do pay them the big contract, they’re going to go on and do the same thing they’ve done…” Ireland’s exaggerating to make a point, but the bottom line — one that most people seem to support — is that the rookie-wage scale is out of whack. Ireland, who worked for the Cowboys before taking the Miami job earlier this year, identified Jason Witten and Marion Barber as players teams “don’t … ever have to worry about” because:Continue Reading

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