Wolf lends Dolphins a hand

The former Packers GM is assisting Miami in finding new GM, and perhaps taking a consulting role with the Dolphins...

Former Green Bay Packers general manager Ron Wolf is helping the Miami Dolphins find their next general manager, but he has no ambition to fill that role. Wolf has been in contact with Dolphins officials since Dec. 29 when the team stripped coach Dave Wannstedt of his authority over personnel decisions.

Wolf, 65, is under contract as a consultant with the Packers until May. The Dolphins would like Wolf to be their consultant after his contract expires with the Packers in May, but no offer has been made, Dolphins president Eddie Jones said on Wednesday.

"We're talking about that," Jones said. "The reason he didn't take our full-time job is he's not ready to stop doing the things that he's doing that he enjoys in his retirement. But, he still knows that he can do some things productively. The question is, can we work out an agreement between the two of us that satisfies the both and gets that niche that you talked about. I don't know whether we can or not, but we're going to continue to talk about it."

The Dolphins are considering a number of candidates for the general manager position. Tampa Bay interim general manager Tim Ruskell, New Orleans GM Randy Mueller and Baltimore director of player personnel Phil Savage and Dolphins senior vice president of football operations Rick Spielman already have interviewed.

The Dolphins apparently still plan to interview at least one other candidate. New York Giants director of player personnel Jerry Reese is scheduled to interview Friday.

Though he was relieved of his duties as general manager, Wannstedt signed a two-year contract extension through 2006 at the end of the season. Miami finished with a 10-6 record but did not qualify for the playoffs.

Wolf spearheaded the Packers' return to Super Bowl prominence in the 1990s. He retired as general manager of the Packers after the 2001 season, and received a three-year ($500,000 a year) deal to be a consultant for the team. He built the Packers into perennial NFL contenders during his nine-year tenure, punctuated by their first Super Bowl victory in three decades and back-to-back appearances. But he has no interest in returning to the day-to-day grind of the NFL.

"We knew coming in that Ron was not interested in being our full time GM," said Jones. "He had told us that. But it doesn't hurt to have a pair of veteran eyes come in and look at what you're doing and we simply asked Ron to do that. He was receptive. We flew him in today. We sat down and spent most of the day with him. We had him look at our candidates that we've interviewed so far and tell us if he know any others. It was a great exchange and we talked to him about [if he] would be interested in doing something for us on a consulting basis. He said he would consider it, think about it and we're going to talk further about it. As I say, it would not hurt us to have some veteran eyes involved, whether it's looking at candidates or looking at UFA's and looking at college players. But he's been there and done that and done a magnificent job, so it was a great exchange."

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