Sunday, January 12, 2014

Lake Dawson interviews for Dolphins GM gig

The Miami Dolphins concluded a busy weekend in the search for their next general manager, as Titans executive Lake Dawson interviewed with the team on Sunday.

Dawson was a wide receiver for the
Kansas City Chiefs from 1994-97.
Dawson is the fifth candidate to interview for the job vacated by Jeff Ireland, joining the trio from Friday (Omar Khan of the Steelers, Jason Licht of the Cardinals and Dolphins assistant GM Brian Gaine) and Browns assistant GM Ray Farmer, who met with Dolphins brass on Saturday.

Farmer has been regarded as some as the favorite for the Dolphins' GM job, given his connection with Stephen Ross adviser Carl Peterson from their time together in the Chiefs' front office from 2006-08.

However, Dawson too has a connection to Peterson, who was the Chiefs' president and general manager when the team drafted Dawson as a wide receiver in the third round of the 1994 NFL Draft out of Notre Dame.

Dawson played four seasons for the Chiefs and later spent time with the Colts before retiring due to injury, finishing his career with 103 catches and 10 touchdowns. He later worked in the personnel department for the Seattle Seahawks from 2001-06 before joining the Tennessee Titans, eventually elevating to vice president of player personnel in 2012 under general manager Ruston Webster.

As with the previous four interviewees, Dawson has no prior NFL general manager experience and is fairly young, having turned just 42 earlier this month.

It's also worth nothing that Dawson is the third minority candidate to interview with the Dolphins, meaning the team has more than complied with the Rooney Rule that also applies to head coaching hires.

The Dolphins could possibly look to name the new GM sometime this week, as the Senior Bowl interviews and scouting process is just over a week away.