Bill Parcells is putting his protégé in charge.
The Miami Dolphins’ football czar has given control of the team to general manager Jeff Ireland but will retain a role as a daily consultant. The Dolphins announced the move in a three-sentence statement Tuesday, five days before the start of the season.
The change was part of a long-range plan when the Parcells regime took over at the end of the 2007 season, the statement said.
“This was the intent of the structure put in place in the past,” the Dolphins said. Ireland will assume full control over all aspects regarding the team and support staff.
Parcells joined the Dolphins in December 2007 as executive vice president of football operations, then hired Ireland two weeks later. They were also together with the Dallas Cowboys.
The 69-year-old Parcells can leave Miami at any time and collect the balance of the $12 million due him under a four-year contract that expires after next season.
The Washington Redskins and Tennessee Titans are in discussions about a trade of disgruntled defensive tackle Albert Haynesworth, sources told The Associated Press.
Washington signed Haynesworth to a $100 million contract in 2009 as a free agent, and the tackle accepted a $21 million bonus in April. Redskins coach Mike Shanahan and the ex-Tennessee star have been in a nonstop battle of wills since then.
T.J. Houshmandzadeh signed a one-year, $855,000 contract with Baltimore, then called it “refreshing” to leave the Seattle Seahawks, who will pay the balance due on his five-year, $40 million contract. … Washington Redskins quarterback Donovan McNabb said his sprained ankle isn’t 100 percent healed, but it won’t keep him from starting the team opener Sunday night against the Dallas Cowboys. … Broncos tailback LenDale White had surgery to repair a ruptured right Achilles’ tendon that will sideline him for the season. The ex-Seahawk was injured in Denver’s exhibition final. … Cleveland waived linebacker David Veikune, the Browns’ second-round pick in 2009. …
Tampa Bay quarterback Josh Freeman practiced for the first time since breaking the thumb on his throwing hand in an exhibition Aug. 21 and expects to play in the Buccaneers’ season opener against Cleveland. … The New York Jets re-signed veteran fullback Tony Richardson two days after cutting him. … The Houston Chronicle reported that QB Matt Leinart will be paid a base salary of $630,000 this season, with a maximum of $1 million. … The NFL repositioned the umpire 12 yards from the line of scrimmage after controversy during exhibtions.