Dolphins hire Hickey as general manager

Updated: January 26, 2014, 12:13 PM ET news services

The Miami Dolphins hired Dennis Hickey as their new general manager on Sunday, ending an arduous search that lasted nearly three weeks.

Hickey will replace Jeff Ireland, who parted ways with the Dolphins earlier this month after six years as the team’s GM.

The Dolphins hired Hickey after offering the job to Patriots executive Nick Caserio and Titans vice president Lake Dawson, who both turned down the opportunity, a league source told ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter.

Cleveland Browns assistant general manager Ray Farmer withdrew from consideration Thursday.

Miami missed the playoffs for the fifth straight year in 2013, losing its last two games in disappointing fashion en route to an 8-8 finish under second-year coach Joe Philbin.

The Dolphins’ season also was mired by the bullying scandal involving offensive linemen Jonathan Martin and Richie Incognito.

Hickey has been with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers for 18 seasons, including the past three as director of player personnel. He was their director of college scouting for six years.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.

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