A complicated search for the
Hickey, 43, has been with the Buccaneers for 18 seasons, including the last three as director of player personnel. He was their director of college scouting for six years.
According to a team source, Hickey was made an offer on Sunday morning and has accepted it. But the deal has not been finalized.
Hickey, however, wasn't interviewed for Tampa Bay's open GM position, which went to former Cardinals executive Jason Licht.
It's unclear how the Dolphins' hierarchy will be structured with Hickey, Coach
Owner Steve Ross interviewed four finalists the last two days. Offers were made to Patriots executive Nick Cesario and Titans VP Lake Dawson, but each reportedly turned down the position. Another finalist, Browns assistant general manager Ray Farmer, denied a second interview, opting to stay with the Browns.
"Stephen (Ross) is a great owner, passionate and wants ot win, but the details of the offer didn't align with my vision,'' Dawson told The Tennessean newspaper. "I turned it down because it wasn't an ideal fit for my family and me."
Miami's remaining options were Hickey, who served as Mark Dominik's second in command, and Brian Gaine, who served as the Dolphins' assistant GM and has been part of the organization for six years.