There had been rumors the past couple days that the team could be close to firing Hickey, with the Dolphins just 5–10 and at the bottom of the AFC East. Pro Football Talk’s Mike Florio reported Friday that Hickey was “definitely out” and that director of college scouting Chris Grier will take his place as general manager. Dolphins executive vice president of football operations Mike Tannenbaum is the former general manager of the Jets.
“I have been blessed to be the General Manager of the Miami Dolphins for the last two seasons and I want to thank Stephen Ross for giving me this opportunity,” Hickey said in a statement. “During my time here with the Dolphins, I approached each day with passion, drive and integrity in trying to bring a championship to this proud franchise. Over the past week, I have had a number of conversations with the Dolphins organization about my role in the team. Ultimately the Dolphins and I agreed that it would be best if we parted ways.
“I will always be proud of our accomplishments in Miami including many key additions to the team through the draft and free agency. I am also thankful for all the relationships that were built here with scouting department, the staff, coaches, fans, alumni, and South Florida community. My family and I will always appreciate all of the support we have received over the past two seasons. We wish everyone the best going forward.”
Hickey was in his second season as general manager and was responsible for helping sign key free agents Ndamukong Suh and Jordan Cameron. He spent 18 years with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers organization prior to joining the Dolphins, working as Tampa’s director of player personnel from 2011–2013.
“I want to thank Dennis for his work over the last two years. We talked about a number of different possibilities, but at the end we reached this agreement,” said Tannenbaum in a statement. “I have a great deal of respect for what he accomplished here and wish Dennis and his family well.”
The Dolphins fired coach Joe Philbin four games into the season, with Dan Campbell serving as interim head coach. Reports have indicated Campbell could also be on the way out.