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March 20, 2014

Moreno to visit the Dolphins Friday

Denver unrestricted free agent running back Knowshon Moreno will meet the Dolphins on a visit Friday, according to a league source.

The Dolphins do not confirm or deny visits until they are over.

The Dolphins are apparently interested in the veteran running back's ability to help a backfield looking for upgrade from Lamar Miller or Daniel Thomas. The Dolphins like Moreno's ability to pass-protect -- something he was adept at while helping to protect Peyton Manning in Denver.

Moreno, 26, is coming off his best NFL season. He rushed for 1,038 yards on 241 carries (4.3 yard-per-carry average) in 16 games for the Broncos. It was the only time in his five years with Denver that Moreno eclipsed the 1,000-yard mark.

Moreno also caught 60 passes for 548 yards.

The Dolphins have been looking for a bruiser back -- someone who can break some tackles and help the club in the four-minute offense and protecting the lead. Moreno, at 5-11 and 215 pounds, has not been that in his career.

But Moreno is a good player. He's been dependable, fumbling only once in 241 attempts last year.

The running back market has been a buyer's market this free agency period. No player has gotten a deal worth over $3.5 million per year.

By the way, the Dolphins under Dennis Hickey have been serious about the players they bring in. Every player who has visited has signed except for linebacker D'Qwell Jackson. Every player who visited got a contract offer, including Jackson.

Hickey not picking former boss as assistant GM

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers had a 4-12 record last year and that got general manager Mark Dominik fired. Meanwhile Bucs director of player personnel Dennis Hickey got promoted to general manager by the Dolphins.

And as Hickey worked for Dominik for quite some time and the two seemed to get along there was speculation that Hickey, now in charge of his own personnel department, might hire Dominik as his assistant general manager.

That seemed particularly possible after Hickey fired former assistant general manager Brian Gaine.

But no.

Dominik today accepted a post at ESPN as an NFL front office "insider." He will appear on the seemingly infinite ESPN platforms -- you know, NFL Insiders, NFL Live, SportsCenter, ESPN2, ESPN radio, ESPN the bus, ESPN the kitchen utensil, ESPN in your underwear -- to provide commentary and insight.

And while that assignment does not preclude Dominik from joining a front office in the future, it clearly shows he's not joining any NFL front office, including the Dolphins, anytime soon.

The Dolphins don't currently have an assistant general manager as they enter the homestretch of their draft preparations.

The Dolphins, by the way, still don't have a head trainer, either, following the February firing of Kevin O'Neill as a fallout from the Wells Report. And while O'Neill is preparing legal action against the Dolphins for what he apparently believes to be wrongful termination, the Dolphins are going slow methodically in their search for a replacement.

FoxSports1 (sports network that doesn't have a bus or kitchen utensil) reported the search continues with names under consideration including Dave Price, former trainer of the Kansas City Chiefs and New York Jets, Green Bay Packers assistant trainer Bryan Engel, and Kevin Bastin who was the head trainer for the Houton Texans from 2001-2009.