In the end, Dennis Hickey didn’t even make it through two full years as the Miami Dolphins’ general manager.
The Dolphins moved on from Hickey late Saturday, a move that many saw as inevitable once Mike Tannenbaum became his boss last January.
Officially, the two sides mutually parted ways.
“I want to thank Dennis for his work over the last two years,” said Tannenbaum, the Dolphins’ football czar. “We talked about a number of different possibilities, but at the end we reached this agreement. I have a great deal of respect for what he accomplished here and wish Dennis and his family well.”
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Said Hickey, in a statement released by the team: “I have been blessed to be the general manager for the last two seasons and I want to thank Stephen Ross for this opportunity. 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.”
Hickey said that, in the past week, he had “a number of conversations” with the franchise about his role moving forward, but thought it best to end his time with the franchise.
Hickey added that he was proud of the work he did as GM, which included signing Branden Albert and drafting Jarvis Landry and Ja’Wuan James in 2014.
Ross essentially demoted Hickey after the 2014 season. Hickey’s title was the same, but his responsibilities were limited. Tannenbaum took the lead on all major decisions, and was the point man on Ndamukong Suh signing last spring.
The Dolphins went 13-18 under Hickey’s stewardship. Pro Football Talk mentioned lieutenant Chris Grier as a likely replacement.