We pointed out the other day that former Chiefs G.M. and president Carl Peterson was seen at the annual league meetings, and we surmised that he’s looking for another job. A member of the media pointed out the possibility that Peterson was present in connection with his duties as Chairman of USA Football.
If so, his duties as Chairman of USA Football required him to spend a lot of time with Dolphins owner Stephen Ross.
Per a league source, Peterson and Ross were seen together on numerous occasions, with Dolphins G.M. Jeff Ireland and coach Tony Sparano rarely in sight. It has long been believed that Ross will hire Peterson once current V.P. of football operations Bill Parcells leaves.
The source believes that Ireland and/or Sparano could be in trouble if Peterson is hired, given that Peterson would become the G.M. — and the possibility that he would want to hire his own coach.
UPDATE: Per Omar Kelly of the South Florida Sun-Sentinel, Peterson also is an investor in Kangaroo TV, the company that Ross purchased in December. Peterson and Ross collaborated on the sales pitch that was made Tuesday. Though some might point to this as proof that Peterson wasn’t in Orlando for the purposes of forging the kind of relationship with Ross that could lead to Peterson replacing Parcells (and possibly Ireland), others might view this news as proof positive that the relationship already exists.