The Dolphins' search for a new general manager is proceeding at a deliberate pace, and the only thing that seems certain right now is that no one will be hired before next week at the earliest.

The Dolphins already have interviewed former New Orleans GM Randy Mueller, Tim Ruskell of the Tampa Bay Bucs, Phil Savage of the Baltimore Ravens, as well as their own Rick Spielman, and former Packers GM Ron Wolf was in town Wednesday amid word he might be hired as a consultant.

Also in the equation is Bills' personnel man Tom Modrak, who may or may not be interested in the job, depending on what you believe.

We can tell you Modrak has not interviewed for the position just yet, but he could pop up in the process at some point.

The Dolphins originally had hoped to get all this done quickly, but they're going to take their time.

They're expected to interview Jerry Reese, the director of pro personnel for the New York Giants, and might also interview Houston Texans associate director of pro scouting Bobby Grier, whose son is a scout for the Dolphins.

But word is Grier isn't happy that his interview was scheduled for after Wolf's visit to Miami, which he perceives as a lack of respect in the sense that Wolf already will give the Dolphins his take on the candidates they've already talked to.

So what we have here is a very confusing situation with a lot of possibilities.

There's a school of though that Spielman could wind up getting the job because he is well respected and has fans in the Dolphins organization, starting with Dave Wannstedt.

There's another school of thought that says the Dolphins clearly want to go outside the organization, which might make someone like Ruskell or Savage the front-runner.

The bottom line is that there doesn't appear to be a front-runner right now. Just a lot of candidates and a lot of possibilities.

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