MOBILE, Ala. -- The threesome that led the Miami Dolphins' turnaround this season gathered in Mobile seeking further upgrades.
"We think a lot alike, and it's nice to sit up there next to them and say, 'Hey Bill, look, this is the guy I was telling you about; hey Tony, take a look at that guy,"' Ireland said. "So the more eyes on these guys that you have, it's better. We all like what we do.
"We all love the personnel side of this thing and it's a lot of fun to be there with these guys."
Under the Parcells regime, Miami improved from 1-15 in 2007 to 11-6 and a playoff berth in 2008.
"Anything's possible in the draft. You can move up or you can move back," Ireland said.
"I think the players that we're negotiating with, they know where we stand on things," Ireland said. "I think the negotiations are going OK. They're not fast and furious right now, but again, they know where we stand and the agents know where we stand, so there's good communication."
He said Miami could keep all of its free agents but could also lose at least a couple.
One player acquired through free agency last year who did not pan out was receiver Ernest Wilford, who caught just three passes for 25 yards and was inactive for nine games. He received a $6 million signing bonus after being signed to a $13 million, four-year contract.
Ireland was evasive on Wilford's future with the team.
"We haven't sat down and really visited with Ernest yet, so we plan on doing that here before too long," he said. "We're not quite sure yet. Right now he's a player on our roster and we're expecting him back."
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