One of the greatest players in Dolphins history wants to help shape the franchise's future.
Hall of Fame wide receiver Paul Warfield met with Dolphins' officials Friday after requesting an interview for the team's general manager position. The Dolphins are seeking an executive to handle personnel decisions after that power was stripped from coach Dave Wannstedt 12 days ago."Personnel is the lifeblood of any organization," Warfield said. "I thought with my background that I have the strengths to do the necessary evaluations an organization is going to need for identification of the kind of players to help them consistently win at the highest level."
NFL front-office experience. Warfield served as an assistant director of pro personnel and an assistant to Cleveland owner Art Modell while working for the Browns from 1980 to 1987.
Warfield became a consultant for the Dallas Cowboys in 2000, offering input on personnel matters, and is the president and founder of a sports marketing company. Asked for his top three successes in terms of players he has evaluated, Warfield cited linebacker Chip Banks (Cleveland, 1982) and wide receivers Webster Slaughter (Cleveland, 1986) and Antonio Bryant (Dallas, 2002).
Warfield, 61, played with the Dolphins from 1970 to 1974, helping the team win two Super Bowls and appear in another. Renowned for his speed and fluid route running, Warfield averaged 21.5 yards on his 156 catches and scored 33 touchdowns while with the Dolphins.
Dolphins President Eddie Jones admitted he was surprised when Warfield called earlier this week to inquire about an interview. Warfield, who lives in West Palm Beach, said his affinity for the Dolphins was one of the reasons he applied.
"Until you sit down with him and listen, you don't really understand the depth he has," Jones said. "He's very articulate. He's worked for the Cowboys the past four years as a consultant. He's very well versed in the business."
The Dolphins also met Friday with New York Giants Director of Player Personnel Jerry Reese and announced an interview is scheduled for Sunday with Ted Thompson, who is Seattle's Vice President of Football Operations. Jones said Reese was "very, very impressive" in his discussions with team officials, and Thompson comes highly recommended by former Green Bay general manager Ron Wolf.
Jones said Wolf still had not told him whether he wants to pursue a consulting role with the Dolphins. Wolf, who retired from the Packers in 2001, was the front-runner to become general manager but told the Dolphins he didn't want a full-time position.
"We want [Wolf] to come in and lend eyes and experience to our personnel process," Jones said. "We're not asking him to come in and supervise anybody. We're asking him to come in and be a resource.
"For example, and this is me talking, look at the best quarterback in the draft and see what you think. He's been pretty successful with quarterbacks. That's just an example, but I think we have a pretty good idea between the two of us what we want to do."
Jones said Buffalo Assistant General Manager Tom Modrak told him Thursday that he remains unsure whether he wants to interview for the position.
The Dolphins originally had hoped to name a general manager by Friday, but Jones is now refusing to publicly set a timetable. Jones also said the Dolphins could try scheduling interviews with executives whose teams are eliminated this weekend in the playoffs.