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Brian Xanders also a GM candidate

The most obvious hole in the Dolphins general manager search so far had been experience. The team had looked away from multiple candidates who had been general managers in the past. Until now.

Brian Xanders, who served as the Denver general manager from 2009-2012, is expected to interview for the Dolphins job, according to ESPN.

Xanders is the Detroit Lions senior personnel director. He joined the club in 2013 after his situation under John Elway in Denver became untenable.

During his tenure as general manager, the Broncos won the AFC West in 2011 and 2012. 

The Broncos had nine starters from Xanders' draft classes, including three Pro Bowl players while Xanders was still on the job: LB Von Miller, WR Demaryius Thomas and OG Zane Beadles. The opening day roster of the 2013 Broncos had 18 starters from the 2008-12 draft classes.

Before joining the Broncos, Xanders worked 14 seasons with the Atlanta Falcons in various scouting, player personnel, and football operations roles. Xanders attended Florida State University.