Dolphins General Manager Dennis Hickey was working for the Buccaneers when Jonathan Martin left the team and Richie Incognito was suspended, so he was spared having to answer questions about what he knew about the situation during his press conference in Indianapolis on Thursday.
Hickey didn’t answer questions about the future of Martin or possible discipline for Mike Pouncey, saying that he wasn’t going to discuss specific future plans for any players. Hickey did replay when asked about how appealing a destination Miami might be for free agents in the wake of Ted Wells’ findings about harassment of players by others in the organization.
“Free agents will be attracted to who we are,” Hickey said, via Armando Salguero of the Miami Herald. “We have an excellent coaching staff. We live in Miami, that’s pretty strong. We have a great owner who will allocate the resources necessary. And we have an environment, a collective strong environment. In my three weeks, it’s been nothing but positive with all the people. As you get in the building and get to know the people, you get a sense of what the organization is about. I felt strongly about that and at every step that has been confirmed to us.”
Hickey’s right about the location even if the jury might be out on the overall organization right now, but the willingness to allocate resources is going to be vital. After all, money has a long history of outweighing other considerations when it comes to free agency.