Spielman says goodbye

The departure of Rick Spielman as Dolphins general manager has been a foregone conclusion since Nick Saban took over as head coach, and it became official on Friday when the team announced Spielman was leaving the organization.

"I want to thank (owner) Wayne Huizenga, Nick Saban, the Dolphins players, coaches and staff, along with the South Florida community," Spielman said in a statement released by the team. "I have a lot of fond memories of my time here and made a lot of friends, and I hope the team goes on to have a great season."

Spielman had joined the Dolphins from Chicago in 2000 and had gained control of personnel decisions last offseason when he was promoted to general manager.

But when Saban took over with full control of all personnel decisions, it was obvious that Spielman either would leave or have his role greatly diminished.

"The Dolphins organization appreciates the contributions Rick made to the club during his tenure here," Saban said in a statement. "I want to thank him for all of his assistance during the time that we worked together and wish him the best of success in the future."

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