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All Dolphins G.M. candidates are expected to be internal

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The early name to watch in the looming Dolphins G.M. search is director of college scouting Chris Grier. In fact, all names to watch are currently employed by the team.

Per a source with knowledge of the situation, all candidates for the job currently are expected to be currently employed by the team. The formal process is expected to start on Monday.

As another source tells PFT, the elevation of Grier is “pretty much done.” The only thing that would derail a promotion of Grier would be a complete change of heart from executive V.P. of football operations Mike Tannenbaum.

Other internal candidates who could be considered for the job (but, to be clear, PFT isn’t privy to the interview list) include executive V.P. of football administration Dawn Aponte, assistant G.M. Eric Stokes, director of player personnel Joe Schoen, and director of pro personnel Anthony Hunt.

Aponte, whose expertise largely falls within Tannenbaum’s skills set (primarily, contract negotiation and cap management) likely wouldn’t be the right complement to Tannenbaum. The overlap already has sparked speculation that her time with the Dolphins could be coming to an end.