“Carl hired me back with the Chiefs [in 1997],” Ireland said last week during a visit to the Sun Sentinel offices. “Had five good years there with the Chiefs and enjoyed my time with Carl very much. Sometimes you don’t know where someone looks at you. I hadn’t been around Carl in like 15 years [actually since early 2001]. And I was like the lowly low scout when he hired me, and here I’m a general manager.
“I thought maybe he might look at me as still that low, low-level scout. Think I was making $20,000 a year when I started working with the Chiefs. But he’s been great. He’s been a friend to me. Not at the level of Steve [Ross] that his friendship goes, but he’s been a friend to me. He’s been a nice adviser.”