Parcells watch started in Miami

Now that Stephen M. Ross officially has become the majority owner of the Miami Dolphins, closing on the purchase of an additional 45 percent of the team and Dolphin Stadium, the clock starts on Bill Parcells, Miami’s executive vice president of football operations.

Parcells has a clause that allows him to opt out of his contract and still collect the $12 million remaining on it if Wayne Huizenga sells the team, which he now has.

Earlier this month, Huizenga announced that Parcells would not be leaving, saying “Bill’s going to stay. He told me he likes it here.” And that very well might turn out to be the case, Parcells staying with the Dolphins. But Parcells also has had a history in this league of saying one thing and doing another. Until the 30 days come and go, speculation will be mounting and flying.

But for now, Parcells is on the clock and Ross is the Dolphins’ new owner.

“I want to thank Wayne for his outstanding stewardship of the Dolphins during his years as the team’s owner,” Ross said . “During that time, he transformed the South Florida sports landscape and has been a model owner of the Dolphins. I know I join all our fans in expressing our appreciation to Wayne for all he has done for this community.

“In addition, I want to assure Dolphin fans that I share Wayne’s same passion to win and will do everything I can to support Bill Parcells in his leadership of football operations. I also want to thank Jeff Ireland, Tony Sparano and the entire football staff as they continue the mission they began a year ago to bring the Dolphins back to the Super Bowl.”

Said Huizenga: “It’s been a privilege and honor to have served the fans of this special franchise as principal owner, and with the closing of the sale, I want to wish Steve well in his new role as the team’s Managing General Partner. After 19 seasons of ownership, the sale represents a bittersweet moment for me, but the timing is right to complete it. I know under Steve’s leadership the Dolphins are in outstanding hands. We are still a 5 percent partner in the franchise and the stadium. The Huizenga family and organization will do everything we can to support Steve and the team for the benefit of all of South Florida.”

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