The Miami Dolphins confirmed Friday via their official Twitter account that they interviewed the New England Patriots' director of player personnel for their vacant general manager role, as they continue to search for Jeff Ireland's replacement.
Nick Caserio, who was interviewed Friday, currently holds the high-ranking player personnel role with the Patriots. Their season ended with a loss to the Denver Broncos in the conference's championship game last weekend.
Ireland and the Dolphins parted ways Jan. 7, and the Fins have been searching for a new GM ever since. Miami is the only team in the NFL without a GM.
Caserio has been a part of New England's organization since 2001, according to the Patriots' website. He started out as a personnel assistant before taking on roles as an offensive coaching assistant, area scout, director of player personnel, and wide receivers coach. He is now in his second run as director of player personnel.
Caserio may be in the mix for the job now following his interview, but he has some tough competition.
According to NFL.com, the Dolphins are set to give Tennessee Titans vice president of player personnel Luke Dawson a third interview this weekend. In addition, Brian Gaine, who is currently the assistant GM for Miami, is set to be interviewed once more this weekend.
Despite the names being thrown around for the gig, it hasn't been an easy process for Miami as two of their top candidates, Jason Licht and Ray Farmer, both elected to go in other directions. Licht took the GM job with Tampa Bay while Farmer reportedly had reservations about taking the role with the Dolphins according to a tweet from Ian Rapoport of NFL.com. News emerged Thursday that Farmer had withdrawn from consideration for the Dolphins' job to stay with the Cleveland Browns.
Ireland served as the Dolphins' GM from 2008-2013 and oversaw several less than stellar seasons from the team. It remains to be seen if Caserio will have the opportunity to turn Miami into a winner.