Ross to Make Big Push for Fisher

Jeff Fisher

Dolphins owner Steve Ross has no interest in shying away from his growing reputation as the NFL's new big spender. Ross, who paid $1.1 billion to purchase the franchise and Sun Life Stadium from Wayne Huizenga, has willingly opened up his wallet for free agents the past three seasons.

So don't be surprised when Ross offers Jeff Fisher, his top choice to fill his head coach vacancy, a salary that's north of $6 million a season. Sources say Fisher left South Florida with a favorable impression of Ross and the Dolphins organization on Wednesday. It wasn't specified if an offer was made, but Fisher made it clear before Tuesday's visit, his first, that he was interested in exploring all his options.

But the Rams better ante up if they plan to outbid Ross for Fisher's services.

Fisher earned a salary in the ballpark of $6 million a year from the Titans, and that's the neighborhood his next team will have to be in to secure his services.

Any team that lands Fisher will also need to pay top dollar for Fisher's staff, giving him the resources needed to lure his former coaches, putting the band back together again.

It is possible Fisher could also demand final say in all football decisions, and that might serve as a deciding factor between the Miami and St. Louis job.

General Manager Jeff Ireland presently has final say on football matters, but that could change if it gets granted to Fisher, or if former Kansas City Chiefs president Carl Peterson, who is serving as an adviser to Ross, his friend and business partner, joins the team in a football czar capacity.

Peterson, who participated in the courtship of Fisher, has served as Ross' adviser and consultant the past three seasons, but he's never had a title inside the Dolphins organization.

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