According to Armando Salguero of the Miami Herald, Dolphins owner Stephen Ross is “all but certain to dismiss vice president of football operations Mike Tannenbaum by the new year.”
However, Salguero adds that barring some unforeseen circumstance, Ross is expected to retain HC Adam Gase and GM Chris Grier for the 2019 season.
Salguero notes that another poor outing along with the availability of a “significant upgrade” could lead to Ross parting ways with Gase.
As it pertains to Tannenbaum, Salguero mentions that it remains unclear how Ross specifically intends to replace him as VP of football operations, as he’s unlikely to hire someone who would step in and fire Gase or Grier. This, of course, means that the position will have limited control for at least the 2019 season.
Salguero says he’s heard names such as Dan Marino, Dawn Aponte and a number of outside candidates come up as possible replacements for Tannenbaum over the past few days.
If it were up to Salguero, he would give Gase an extension along with a pay raise, but take away final say on personnel matters and give them to an executive who can challenge Gase.
Tannenbaum, 49, began his NFL career with the Browns as a personnel assistant under Bill Belichick. He later worked for the Saints before the Jets hired him as their director of player contract negotiations in 1997.
The Jets eventually promoted Tannenbaum to GM for the 2006 and he spent seven years in the position before being fired after the 2012 season.
After working for an agency for three years, the Dolphins hired Tannenbaum as their executive VP of football operations in 2015.
The Dolphins are 29-34 (46 percent) since hiring Tannenbaum, which includes one playoff appearance in 2016.
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