Tampa Bay Buccaneers director of player personnel Dennis Hickey has been hired as the new general manager of the Miami Dolphins, Armando Salguero of the Miami Herald reported Sunday morning.
Hickey was among three outside candidates brought in for a second round of interviews on Saturday, along with Tennessee Titans VP of player personnel Lake Dawson and New England Patriots director of player personnel Nick Caserio.
Dolphins assistant general manager Brian Gaine was also a finalist in an interview process that included Jason Licht, Tampa Bay’s new GM.
Hickey spent 18 years with the Bucs organization, including three seasons as director of player personnel and six as director of college scouting.
The Dolphins have not announced the hiring, although a league source close to Hickey confirmed the news to Sports Talk Florida.
Salguero also reported that the job was offered to multiple candidates before Hickey accepted Sunday morning, and that had Hickey not left for the job in Miami, he was not going to be retained under Licht.
He replaces Jeff Ireland, who spent six seasons with the club, leading it to an 11-5 season and AFC East title in 2008. Things went downhill from there, however, and the Dolphins did not make another player appearance during that time period.
Ireland and the team agreed to part ways after an 8-8 season marred by bullying allegations, among other controversies surrounding his tenure.