Jeff Ireland's status still uncertain

The situation on Jeff Ireland’s hiring by the Seahawks remains a little fuzzy after the team’s official announcement Monday.

The Seahawks have hired the former Miami Dolphins general manager as a consultant through the 2014 NFL draft (May 8-10), but there is no indication in the team release as to whether Ireland will remain with the organization after the draft is over.

The likely answer is that Seahawks general manager John Schneider and Ireland will discuss a long-term role with the team after the draft process is completed.

Ireland and Schneider have known each other for 17 years and worked together at Kansas City for three seasons (1997-99) when Schneider was the director of pro personnel for the Chiefs and Ireland was an area scout.

Ireland and the Dolphins agreed to part ways in January after a tumultuous 2013 season that involved the Jonathan Martin/Richie Incognito bullying controversy.

Scot McCloughan, who was Seattle's senior personnel executive and Schneider's right-hand man as a talent evaluator, left the organization last week for personal reasons. So there is a spot for Ireland if things work out after the draft.

Ireland, 44, played college football at Baylor where he was the team’s kicker from 1988-91.