Dennis Hickey who has been with the Buccaneers organization since 1996 has been hired by the Miami Dolphins as their new general manager according to the Miami Herald.
Just when it appeared all of the massive new hires at One Buc Place were over for now, a new position came open this weekend with a report by the Miami Herald that Bucs director of player personnel Dennis Hickey has been hired as the Miami Dolphins new general manager.
Reports came out last week that the Dolphins had interviewed Hickey for their open GM position but it was thought he was way down the list of candidates. According to NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport, Hickey became the Dolphins choice after Lake Dawson and Nick Caserio turned Miami down. New Bucs GM Jason Licht was also in the running before taking the job in Tampa Bay.
Hickey, who was hired by the Buccaneers in 1996, spent six seasons as director of college scouting prior to his promotion to director of player personnel in 2011, and was responsible for coordinating a staff of area scouts and managing the compilation of information on college players. In addition to these duties, he also oversaw the Pro Personnel Department, which evaluates all pro leagues, free agents and trade prospects.
According to the Buccaneers Communications Department Hickey worked side-by-side with former general manager Mark Dominik, and helped oversee the signing of Pro Bowl S Dashon Goldson and trading for All-Pro CB Darrelle Revis, the 2009 AFC Defensive Player of the Year and widely considered the premier talent at his position.
These moves come on the heels of a successful 2012 offseason, which saw the Buccaneers signing WR Vincent Jackson, who recorded career-highs in receptions and receiving yards, earning his a trip to the Pro Bowl, the third of his career.
Licht told the media on Thursday that he wasn’t exactly sure how things would go with the current front office staff he inherited but was open to seeing how they perform.
“It’s a really small fraternity as you know,” Licht said.“I know everybody here. I’ve had some kind of dealing with them at some point, whether I’ve worked with them or been on the road with them and have some idea. But you never know until you work with somebody and I think I’m going to give them the opportunity to show me that they will fit in what we’re doing and if I fit for them.
“So I was part a holdover at one point in New England. When Pete Carroll got let go and Bill Belichick and Scott Pioli came in and they kept me and we meshed and I ended up getting promoted a couple of times and if it weren’t for that opportunity. I might not be here today. So I want to give everyone an opportunity.”
Early candidates to fill the Hickey vacancy are director of college scouting Eric Stokes or Shelton Quarles who is the team’s director of college scouting. Licht could also choose to bring in someone he is familiar with from his days in Arizona or New England.
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