Dolphins work to bring Peterson into fold

After months of rumors and scuttlebutt, it appears the Miami Dolphins have ramped up their efforts to bring long-time pro football executive Carl Peterson to South Beach.

The Miami Herald reports that talks have been on-going between Peterson and Dolphins owner Stephen Ross, though both sides deny it, that would make Peterson the Dolphins' executive vice president of football operations.

Citing sources, the Herald indicated that if Peterson come on board with the Dolphins, he would outrank general manager Jeff Ireland, who was retained by Ross after Tony Sparano was fired Monday.

Peterson ran the front office of the Kansas City Chiefs for 20 years as president, CEO and general manager. Prior to that, he had a successful run heading up the USFL's Philadelphia Stars, a team Ross once owned as well, as their working relationship dates back to the mid 1980s.

Even if Peterson does not accept a job to run the Dolphins front office, he is expected to be a consultant for the franchise.

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