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Dolphins GM finalists: Three to get second interviews for vacant General Manager position

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Three candidates have reportedly been informed that the will be the finalists for the vacant Miami Dolphins General Manager position. A second round of interviews is expected to take place over the weekend, with someone being hired before the Super Bowl.

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The Miami Dolphins have narrowed their search for a new General Manager down to their finalists and are looking to conduct their second round of interviews this weekend, according to reports yesterday. Now, it appears the names of those finalists have been reported by a CBS Sports report and an article from the Palm Beach Post's Andrew Abramson.

The Dolphins will choose their new GM from a list of three: Miami Assistant GM Brian Gaine, Cleveland Browns Assistant GM Ray Farmer, and Tampa Bay Buccaneers Director of Player Personnel Dennis Hickey. Farmer is considered to be the front runner, while Gaine is currently leading the Dolphins' scouting staff at the Senior Bowl and is working as the GM, as well as being widely regarded as a worthy candidate around the league. Hickey was a surprise interview, and apparently was good enough to earn a second look this weekend.

Miami initially interviewed seven potential replacements for Jeff Ireland, and appeared to be set to add to that number some time this week, but that changed yesterday. The team will instead move on to their finalists. Included in the initial round of interviews was new Tampa Bay Buccaneers General Manager Jason Licht. The Dolphins also considered Pittsburgh Steelers Director of Football Administration Omar Kahn, Tennessee Titans Vice President of Player Personnel Lake Dawson, and Detroit Lions Senior Personnel Executive Brian Xanders.