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Miami Dolphins Stock Watch

The 2015 offseason is in full swing.

Here is a look at whose stock is rising and falling with the Miami Dolphins:

Rising

1. Dennis Hickey, general manager: Sometimes a stock could rise by the actions of others. About one year ago, the Dolphins were searching for a general manager and names such as Ray Farmer, Lake Dawson and Tom Gamble were at the top of the list. Hickey, then with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, was considered an afterthought. But after multiple candidates turned the Dolphins down or refused to take interviews, Miami chose Hickey, who clearly was not the team’s first choice. But one year later, Farmer is under fire as general manager of the Cleveland Browns for a variety of things, including drafting embattled quarterback Johnny Manziel and reports of texting coaches during games. Gamble and Lake were recently fired from the Philadelphia Eagles and Tennessee Titans, respectively. Hickey is the last executive standing, and the Dolphins are expecting another solid draft in his second year.

2. Ryan Tannehill, quarterback: Tannehill did a wise public relations move during Super Bowl week. Miami's starting quarterback made the media rounds, along with Dolphins Hall of Fame quarterback Dan Marino, in order to raise his profile this offseason. Tannehill hit radio row and other media outlets after a solid 4,000-yard season. He usually prefers to keep a low profile after football season.

Falling

1. High-price veterans: This is a nervous time in Miami for some veterans with high salaries next season. Players such as linebacker Dannell Ellerbe, cornerback Cortland Finnegan and receivers Brian Hartline and Brandon Gibson cannot rest easy. The Dolphins need to create cap room, and the aforementioned players could be on the chopping block. Expect some of these players to get their contracts terminated in the next few weeks.

2. Dolphins catching the Patriots: The New England Patriots winning another Super Bowl makes it tougher for everyone in the AFC East. That includes the Dolphins, who have been chasing Tom Brady, Bill Belichick and Co. for the past 14 years. The Patriots have their fourth Super Bowl title and that puts a lot of pressure on the Dolphins during a must-win 2015. Can Miami make the playoffs with the defending champs looming over the team? We will see.