The Miami Dolphins and general manager Dennis Hickey have agreed to 'part ways', the team announced Saturday.
The move comes amid reports that executive vice president of football operations Mike Tannenbaum is poised to assume complete control of football decisions.
Tannenbaum released the following statement following Hickey's release:
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, I have a great deal of respect for what he accomplished here and wish Dennis and his family well.
Dolphins director of college scouting Chris Grier is the leading candidate to replace Hickey as GM, according to Adam Schefter of ESPN.
Tannenbaum appears to be the last man standing in a Dolphins' power structure that included head coach Joe Philbin, Dawn Aponte, and Hickey at the beginning of the season. No decision on Aponte's future has been made as of yet.
Following an offseason in which the Dolphins spent close to $500 million on players through contract extensions and free agency, a 5-10 record (as of Saturday) is obviously disappointing. The franchise will now overhaul its front office in hopes that a new regime can wring more wins out of a roster that will feature many of the same players already on board.
Dolphins director of college scouting Chris Grier is the leading candidate to replace Dennis Hickey as Miami's GM, per league sources.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) January 3, 2016