The Dolphins made no secret of the fact they were starting their general manager searches today (Friday, for the drunk among you). They did not say specifically who they were interviewing today.
(Dolphins owner Stephen Ross said he would release the names of the candidates interviewed -- probably on a daily basis as the interviews happen).
Well the first interview is Arizona vice president of player personnel Jason Licht, according to multiple NFL source.
Does the name sound familiar? It could.
Licht is a former Dolphins scouting assistant (1995) and offensive quality control coach (1996). He's been a college and national scout for the New England Patriots and then became the assistant director of player personnel -- a total Patriots run from 1999-2003.
After stints in Philadelphia and Arizona, Licht went back to New England to be the director of pro personnel. He had that job from 2009-11.
In 2012, Licht went back to Arizona to become the director of player personnel and is now the vice president of player personnel.
As you know, it's hard to pinpoint who drafted or signed whom. Take all that with a grain of salt when people get blamed or get credit on that front. But I know Licht in his interview today can say this:
You, the Miami Dolphins, last year cut a big salaried but underperforming Karlos Dansby. We, the Arizona Cardinals, signed him for a relatively cheap deal and he had a monster year.