Last offseason — for the second year in a row — the Texans tried to lure New England Patriots director of player personnel Nick Caserio to Houston in hopes of having him fill their vacant general manager position. The attempt ultimately proved unsuccessful, however, and even led to the Patriots filing tampering charges against the AFC South team that were later dropped when the Texans stepped down from their pursuit.
Caserio himself, meanwhile, remained mum throughout the process and only talked to the press after everything was settled in New England’s favor. But while he did not go into any details about his contract at the time, he did speak about his role within the organization and how he himself described his job. Essentially, said the then-43-year-old, it was helping the Patriots and head coach/general manager Bill Belichick in any way possible.
“My job is to serve and do whatever I can to help the team in whatever capacity that is. If it’s to help with a drill, it’s to help with a drill. If it’s to help the equipment staff with something, it’s to help with the equipment staff,” Caserio told reporters during the Patriots’ training camp last July. “I just try to do whatever I can to help serve the players, serve Bill and the staff, and serve this organization.”
By reportedly signing a multi-year contract extension with the Patriots, Caserio therefore stayed true to his own job description: his deal helps the entire organization from Belichick down. After all, he has played a role in all six of the team’s Super Bowl titles — three of which in his current position as leader of the player personnel department — and is a key member of the Patriots’ front office and football operations as a whole.
“We’ve got a lot of great people that we’ve had in this building for a long time,” Caserio said about his job in New England last year. “I think everybody understands the expectations of what’s expected of them on a day-to-day basis and we’re all here to help and serve one another. [...] I love being here, and right now we’re focused on trying to get the team ready for this season. I’m happy to be here and I love what I do on a day-to-day basis.”
“It’s not about one person. It’s not about one individual. We’ve got a lot of great people that have a lot of responsibility in this building and they do their job well, so I’m just fortunate and blessed to play a small part in that,” he continued. While the complete terms of his contract have not yet been reported, the new deal does ensure that Caserio remains a part of the Patriots’ machinery for the foreseeable future.