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Tannenbaum joins Dolphins in high-level football position; Heat roster moves

Former New York Jets general manager Mike Tannenbaum is joining the Dolphins to head up the team’s football operations department, according to a source with direct knowledge.

The story was first reported by WQAM’s Zach Krantz.

Tannenbaum has been working for the Dolphins as a consultant on sports science projects over the past few months while also working as a sports agent.

He represents Seahawks defensive coordinator Dan Quinn, who is being considered for several head coaching jobs, as well as Golden State Warriors coach Steve Kerr and others.

Tannenbaum --- who will become the Dolphins executive vice president/football operations --- has the trust of Ross and Matt Higgins, Ross’ top New York-based sports executive. Tannenbaum and Higgins worked together with the Jets.

In recent months, Tannenbaum had essentially replaced former Chiefs president Carl Peterson in Ross’ inner circle of advisors.

Ross said previously that GM Dennis Hickey would remain with the team, and he will continue to have control over the 53-man roster. Hickey will report to Tannenbaum and the two men will work together.

Also, team executive Dawn Aponte will remain with the organization. She and Tannenbaum worked together with the Jets and they have a good relationship.

Tannenbaum will fill a role similar to the one held by Bill Parcells.

Tannenbaum was hired by the Jets on February 19, 1997 as the Director of Player Contract Negotiations. He] served in numerous administrative positions with the team including Senior Vice President of Football Operations and Assistant General Manager.

Tannenbaum succeeded Terry Bradway as the Jets’ general manager in 2006.

Tannenbaum had a role in constructing Jets teams that advanced to two AFC Championship games.

He signed a contract extension with the team through 2014 but after the 2012 season, Jets owner Woody Johnson announced that Tannenbaum would not return.

Before joining the Jets, Tannenbaum worked in the Cleveland Browns’ personnel department as an assistant under Bill Belichick. He also worked as an intern in the New Orleans Saints personnel department while he attended law school. In 1996, he worked for the team as a player personnel assistant.

Coach Joe Philbin will continue to report to Ross.

### Couple quick Heat notes: Shabazz Napier was recalled from the Heat’s Development League team in South Dakota and will re-join Miami before Thursday’s game in Portland… The Heat cut guard Andre Dawkins, according to his agent. Player contracts become guaranteed if they’re on the roster past 5 p.m. Wednesday. Dawkins is free to sign as many as two 10-day contracts with the team if Miami chooses to. His agent, John Spencer, said the Heat expressed interest in signing Dawkins to a 10-day contract "down the road."