BY SPNW Staff 04:14PM 04/26/2014

Seahawks hire ex-GM Jeff Ireland as consultant

The Seahawks hired former Miami Dolphins general manager Jeff Ireland a a pre-draft consultant, according to ESPN and Fox Sports. It is unclear whether Ireland, who parted ways with the Dolphins Jan. 7 following the Richie Incognito-Jonathan Martin bullying incident, will remain with Seattle once the draft (May 8-10) is completed.

Ireland spent six years with the Dolphins. He and Seattle GM John Schneider worked together with the Kansas City Chiefs from 1997-99.

Miami reached the NFL playoffs only once during Ireland’s stint with the franchise, and club had mixed results with high draft picks during Ireland’s tenure. The best pick was offensive tackle Jake Long with the first overall pick in 2008. Long, now with the St. Louis Rams, has made four Pro Bowl teams.

Miami’s other first-round picks under Ireland were cornerback Vontae Davis (2009), defensive lineman Jared Odrick (2010), Pro Bowl offensive lineman Mike Pouncey (2011), starting quarterback Ryan Tannehill (2012) and pass-rusher Dion Jordan, the third overall pick last year.

The Seahawks own the 32nd overall pick in the draft. According to FOX, Ireland and the Seahawks will discuss a full-time role following the draft.



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