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Dan Campbell leaves Dolphins

Rumors and speculation have turned to truth as former tight ends coach and interim head coach Dan Campbell has elected to leave the Miami Dolphins.

Robert Duyos-USA TODAY Sports

Being promoted to the top position in your field, then being asked 13 weeks later to go back to being a subordinate to a new man brought in to do the job you were doing is never easy. It is something most of us would not consider doing. And, that is what is happening with the Miami Dolphins. The team hired Adam Gase as the 12th head coach in team history on Saturday, hoping that they could then keep former tight ends coach and interim head coach Dan Campbell on the coaching staff in some capacity.

Campbell has elected to not return to South Florida for the 2016 season.

According to NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport, the Dolphins agreed to release Campbell from his contract on Monday. Campbell is now, essentially, a free agent and can sign with any other team.

Campbell was promoted to the team's interim head coach position after the team fired Joe Philbin following a 1-3 start to the season. Campbell then led the Dolphins to a 5-7 record as a coach, and a 6-10 record for the year. He was interviewed for the permanent position, but the franchise chose Gase, who had been the offensive coordinator for the Chicago Bears last year. Campbell was said to be impressive in his interview, finishing second to Gase in the team's consideration to fill the coaching vacancy.

Dolphins owner Stephen Ross had expressed hope that Gase, who has control of the coaching staff hires, would find a place on his staff for Campbell, but speculation seemed to say Campbell, who was reportedly angry when he did not win the job, would rather move on to a new team. Now, it appears those rumors are true.

Campbell started his NFL coaching career with the Dolphins as an intern in 2010. He was hired as the team's tight ends coach in 2011. He played tight end in the NFL for four teams from 1999 to 2009. Campbell is expected to be find a new coaching position this offseason, and could be looking to add more responsibility than his previous assignment as a tight ends coach.