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Monday, January 27, 2014
After Caserio passes, Fins hire Hickey

By ESPN.com news services

In their fitful, laborious search for a general manager, the Miami Dolphins finally found someone to say yes: Dennis Hickey.

The longtime Tampa Bay Buccaneers executive accepted the job Sunday, ending a search that lasted nearly three weeks.

"Miami is a great franchise with a historic tradition and passionate fans. The opportunity to work with [owner] Stephen Ross, [coach] Joe Philbin and the entire Dolphins organization to build a team that wins on a consistent basis is exciting," Hickey said in a statement. "The Dolphins certainly have talented players and I am eager to hit the ground running with our personnel and coaching staffs. We will all work together to construct a team that will make our organization and fans proud."

Hickey's hiring came after the Dolphins were rejected by several candidates. Patriots director of player personnel Nick Caserio and Titans vice president of player personnel Lake Dawson turned down job offers, and Browns assistant general manager Ray Farmer withdrew from consideration Thursday.

Several others declined invitations to interview as a replacement for Jeff Ireland, whose six-year stint as general manager ended Jan. 7 when he and Ross agreed to part ways.