The Miami Dolphins hired Tampa Bay Buccaneers director of player personnel Dennis Hickey as their new general manager, multiple media outlets reported Sunday.

Hickey will replace Jeff Ireland, who parted ways with the Dolphins earlier this month after six years as the team's GM.

The hiring was first reported by the Miami Herald. A league source confirmed the hiring to ESPN's Adam Schefter.

Hickey, an 18-year employee of the Buccaneers, became the director of player personnel under GM Mark Dominik in 2011. Hickey reportedly wasn't considered for the team's recently filled GM job that went to Jason Licht.

Hickey, 43, was in that position for the past three years with Tampa Bay. He spent six years as director of college scouting prior to that.

Owner Steve Ross interviewed four finalists the past two days. According to the Florida Sun-Sentine, offers were made to New England Patriots executive Nick Cesario and Tennessee Titans vice president of player personnel Lake Dawson, but both individuals reportedly turned down the position. Another finalist, Cleveland assistant general manager Ray Farmer, denied a second interview, opting to stay with the Browns.

Miami missed the playoffs for the fifth straight year in 2013, losing its last two games en route to an 8-8 finish under second-year coach Joe Philbin.

The Dolphins' season also was mired by the bullying scandal involving offensive linemen Jonathan Martin and Richie Incognito.

Dawson told The Tennessean why he turned down the job.

"Stephen (Ross) is a great owner, passionate and wants to win, but the details of the offer didn't align with my vision," he said. "I turned it down because it wasn't an ideal fit for my family and me."