Globe: ‘Nick Caserio wants out of New England’

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Though the Texans and Patriots seemingly made nice late last week regarding Houston’s pursuit of New England director of player personnel Nick Caserio for its open GM job, the Boston Globe had an interesting update to the story on Monday.
The Globe writes quite emphatically that, “Caserio wants out of New England” and “[s]pecifically, he wants the Texans job.”

This report pops up just days after both teams issued statements as Houston gave up on its quest to hire Caserio while the Patriots simultaneously dropped tampering charges it had filed against the Texans. That came after Patriots owner Robert Kraft and Texans Chairman/CEO Cal McNair had a phone conversation following Houston becoming aware of “terms” in Caserio’s contract that seemingly pushed the team to look elsewhere.

Subsequently, though, there have been reports that Houston will not fill the empty GM seat – created when Brian Gaine was fired barely a year into a five-year contract -- this year. As such, and as the Globe alludes to in its report, Houston could wait for Caserio’s contract to run out, which will reportedly happen after the 2020 NFL Draft.

Caserio is a valuable member of the Patriots organization with a unique role that includes heading the personnel department, serving as an active participant in practices and donning a headset in the Patriots coaches’ booth on game days. But he is not the top decision maker in New England, a role obviously held by Bill Belichick.

Caserio has been in the Patriots organization since 2001, rising from personnel assistant to a short stay as wide receivers coach in 2007 and then taking over as director of player personnel in 2008. He’s turned down numerous opportunities to go elsewhere in the past, including declining an offer to become the Dolphins GM in 2014.

Now, though, according to the Globe at least, Caserio “wants out of New England.”