DAVIE, Fla. – Tony Sparano has accepted a two-year contract extension with the Miami Dolphins through 2013, ending a week of uncertainty about the team's coaching position.
Owner Stephen Ross announced the deal Saturday during an extraordinary 35-minute news conference to explain a bizarre week for the Dolphins.
Ross said he made mistakes in the way he dealt with the situation. He flew cross-country to court Stanford coach Jim Harbaugh, who subsequently became the San Francisco 49ers' coach. Ross said he never made a job offer to Harbaugh.
General manager Jeff Ireland agreed that the matter could have been handled better. Sparano said he endured a difficult week but was glad to receive an extension and ready to move on.
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DAVIE, Fla. (AP) — A person with knowledge of the situation says Tony Sparano has accepted a two-year contract extension with the Miami Dolphins through 2013, ending a week of uncertainty about the team's coaching situation.
The person spoke Saturday on condition of anonymity to The Associated Press because the team hadn't announced the deal. The person also said Sparano will be given a more expanded role in player personnel decisions.
The contract extension was first reported by the South Florida Sun-Sentinel.
The extension comes after the Dolphins' cross-country courtship of Stanford coach Jim Harbaugh, who on Friday became the San Francisco 49ers' coach. While Sparano was in limbo this week, he reported to work daily.