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Dennis Hickey hired as Dolphins general manager

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers will lose their director of player personnel to the Miami Dolphins.

Al Messerschmidt

The Miami Dolphins have hired Dennis Hickey as their general manager, according to Armando Salguero of the Miami Herald. Hickey was the Tampa Bay Buccaneers' director of player personnel and was former general manager Mark Dominik's right-hand man. His role in the Bucs' organization going forward was unclear after they hired Jason Licht as their general manager.

Amusingly, according to Adam Schefter every other candidate except Omar Khan turned down the opportunity to become the Miami general manager.

Hickey was mostly responsible for the draft under Dominik, serving as the team's director of college scouting until 2011. The draft results were mixed at best under his guidance, with All-Pros like Gerald McCoy and steals like Mike Williams alternating with busts like Gaines Adams and Brian Price.

For the Bucs, losing their director of player personnel in the transition phase to Jason Licht's regime is less than ideal. Licht will have to rely heavily on director of pro scouting Shelton Quarles and director of college scouting Eric Stokes to become familiar with the front office personnel and the work already done. The extra month before the draft this year, which is held in May, should at least help Licht get everything done the way he wants it done.