"The new general manager will have autonomous responsibility for the 53-man roster and selecting players during the draft and will report to me," the statement read. "First and foremost, this person must have a passion for the game and demonstrated player evaluation expertise. They will need to be a person who is a collaborative team player that puts the organization first.
"Regardless of reporting structure, the relationship between the general manager and coach Philbin must be one of trust, respect, and collaboration, and this will be an area we will look closely at during the process. This individual also must be a person with integrity who is open-minded and creative."
Ross additionally revealed that former Kansas City Chiefs general manager Carl Peterson will assist the team in locating Ireland's replacement. Peterson will not have a role with the team after the search is complete.
"Carl and I have had a business relationship for almost 30 years dating back to the USFL, and I have tremendous respect for his experience and judgment on team-building and football operations," Ross said.