Dolphins exec Gaine front-runner for team's GM job

The Associated Press
Buccaneers executive Hickey hired as Dolphins' GM
Miami Dolphins owner Stephen Ross watches during the closing minutes of an NFL football game against the New York Jets, Sunday, Dec. 29, 2013, in Miami Gardens, Fla. The Jets defeated the Dolphins 20-7. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)

MIAMI (AP) -- Miami Dolphins assistant general manager Brian Gaine has become the front-runner for their GM job after the team's courtship of New England Patriots executive Nick Caserio apparently fizzled.

Caserio was offered the position Saturday but turned down the Dolphins, according to multiple reports. Caserio, the Patriots' director of player personnel, was interviewed Friday and Saturday.

The team had second interviews Saturday with Tampa Bay Buccaneers director of player personnel Dennis Hickey and Tennessee Titans vice president of player personnel Lake Dawson.

Gaine had a second interview Friday. He has been an assistant to general manager Jeff Ireland, who left after six seasons Jan. 7 when he and owner Stephen Ross agreed to part ways.

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