TAMPA — When he first came on board as Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ general manager last week, Jason Licht wasn’t sure if he was going to keep the team’s football operations staff intact or overhaul it.
Now he might have no other choice but the latter.
The Dolphins on Sunday ended their weeks-long search for a general manager to replace Jeff Ireland by naming Bucs player personnel director Dennis Hickey to the post.
The move ends Hickey’s 18-year run with the Bucs that began with him as a pro personnel assistant for two years. Hickey then spent seven years working as a college scout.
Hickey was promoted to director of college scouting in 2005 and was promoted to director of player personnel under then-general manager Mark Dominik before the 2011 season.
Bucs co-chairman Joel Glazer said the Bucs interviewed six candidates for their general manager’s job before hiring Licht, but Hickey’s name was never mentioned as one of those granted an interview.
Hickey’s hiring came after the Dolphins were rejected by several candidates. Patriots director of player personnel Nick Caserio and Titans vice president of player personnel Lake Dawson turned down job offers, and Browns assistant general manager Ray Farmer withdrew from consideration Thursday.
One possible replacement for Hickey with the Bucs is former linebacker and current pro scouting director Shelton Quarles. However, Quarles might be a candidate to join Hickey in Miami.
Information from Tribune wire services was used in this report.