The Dolphins plan to interview at least two finalists for the vacant general manager position starting this weekend, Armando Salguero of the Miami Herald reports. This according to source familiar with the process.
The club — which has been in contact with the seven men who already interviewed for the job — will begin calls to six of those men in the next few hours to either 1. tell them they are one of the finalists and schedule the second interview or 2. thank the men for being part of the process and say the team is moving in a different direction.
The Dolphins had hoped to interview at least one more candidate this week, most likely plucked off a playoff team that participated in Championship Weekend last Sunday.
But those hopes faded for unknown reasons and the likelihood that will happen are now slim.
The Dolphins plan to hire their next general manager well before the Super Bowl in 10 days and there is even optimism within the organization a new GM could be in place by Monday, the source said.
Earlier Wednesday, the NFL Network reported the Dolphins tried to hire Arizona’s Jason Licht when the team caught wind of the fact Licht was offered the general manager job in Tampa Bay.
Two sources — one very close to Licht and a Dolphins source — said the report is not accurate.
Aside from Licht, the Dolphins have interviewed Cleveland’s Ray Farmer, Tennessee’s Lake Dawson, Pittsburgh’s Omar Khan, Tampa Bay’s Dennis Hickey, Detroit’s Brian Xanders, and in-house candidate Brian Gaine.