DAVIE, Fla. -

Dennis Hickey has been introduced as general manager of the Miami Dolphins, and he'll try to upgrade a team that has missed the playoffs the past five seasons.

Hickey, a longtime Tampa Bay Buccaneers executive, was hired Sunday to end an arduous search that lasted nearly three weeks. The hiring came after the Dolphins were rejected by several candidates.

They formally introduced Hickey at a news conference Tuesday. He replaces Jeff Ireland, whose six-year stint as general manager ended Jan. 7 when he and owner Stephen Ross agreed to part ways.

The change came after the Dolphins collapsed late in the season to blow a playoff berth and finish 8-8.

Photos: Dolphins introduce Hickey as GM

Published On: Jan 28 2014 06:06:32 PM EST

The Miami Dolphins held a press conference Tuesday, where Dolphins owner Stephen Ross introduced Dennis Hickey as the new general manager.

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**PHOTOS BY RON ELKMAN**