The Miami Dolphins announced Saturday night that they’ve parted ways with GM Dennis Hickey.
The team and Dennis Hickey have agreed to part ways.
— Miami Dolphins (@MiamiDolphins) January 3, 2016
“I want to thank Dennis for his work over the last two years. We talked about a number of different possibilities, but at the end we reached this agreement,” said executive vice president of football operations Mike Tannenbaum. “I have a great deal of respect for what he accomplished here and wish Dennis and his family well.”
“I have been blessed to be the General Manager of the Miami Dolphins for the last two seasons and I want to thank Stephen Ross for giving me this opportunity,” Hickey said. “During my time here with the Dolphins, I approached each day with passion, drive and integrity in trying to bring a championship to this proud franchise.
“Over the past week, I have had a number of conversations with the Dolphins organization about my role in the team. Ultimately the Dolphins and I agreed that it would be best if we parted ways. I will always be proud of our accomplishments in Miami including many key additions to the team through the draft and free agency. I am also thankful for all the relationships that were built here with scouting department, the staff, coaches, fans, alumni, and South Florida community. My family and I will always appreciate all of the support we have received over the past two seasons. We wish everyone the best going forward.”
Numerous reports have said that Hickey was likely the odd-man-out in Miami, as the team prepares to hire their next head coach.
Beyond that, the Dolphins are reportedly undergoing a restructuring in their front office which has resulted in different factions developing.
It’s clear that Tannenbaum is calling the shots, but it will be interesting to see if he’s willing to give up personnel control to hire the right head coach.
Ian Rapoport reports that college scouting director Chris Grier is expected to get serious consideration for the job.
Meanwhile, Albert Breer mentions that the Dolphins are open to allowing a new head coach to bring a personnel man with them.
We’ll have more regarding the Dolphins as the news is available.