Dolphins wait on Fisher while interviewing others

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Dolphins owner Steve Ross has made it clear he's willing to spend to reel in Jeff Fisher to be the team's new coach.

What isn't clear is whether the lure of money is a big enough hook.

Fisher said he is deciding between Miami and St. Louis, with the Rams believed to have an edge due to a franchise quarterback in Sam Bradford, the No. 2 overall pick in April and plenty of salary cap space.

The Dolphins are sitting idly by waiting on Fisher. They've interviewed Falcons offensive coordinator Mike Mularkey and Bengals defensive coordinator Mike Zimmer.

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, the only two he said he's considering as of Friday. He expects to make a decision this week.

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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