Brian Gaine, Dolphins part ways

MIAMI -- The Miami Dolphins and assistant general manager Brian Gaine have mutually parted ways, the team announced Wednesday.

Gaine was overlooked for Miami's general manager opening as three other candidates -- including new GM Dennis Hickey -- were offered the job.

"I want to thank Brian for his contributions to the Miami Dolphins," Hickey said in a statement. "We both agreed that this decision was in everyone's best interests going forward. This will allow Brian to move forward in his professional pursuits and the Dolphins to move forward with our 2014 plan.

"I want to wish Brian the very best in the future."

Gaine worked under former general manager Jeff Ireland in Miami. Ireland, who had a falling out with Dolphins coach Joe Philbin and vice president of football administration Dawn Aponte during the season, was let go earlier this month.

Dolphins owner Stephen Ross said Tuesday that he was disappointed with the internal issues last season and that it's important everyone with the coaching staff and front office gets on the same page.

"We need to have harmony within the organization," Ross said. "We have to think as one organization where everyone has respect for each other and operates with the same mindset at all times."

There is now an opening for the No. 2 job in Miami's front office. There is a possibility Hickey could have interest in hiring his former boss with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, former GM Mark Dominik.