New England Patriots director of player personnel Nick Caserio took himself off the market in December when he signed a new contract through 2020.
Caserio, who’s head coach Bill Belichick’s right-hand man in the front office, explained why he chose to stay with the Patriots in a lesser role rather than keeping his options open to potentially join another team as general manager.
“A lot of things,” Caserio said Wednesday at Gillette Stadium as part of his annual pre-draft news conference. “I would say I’ve been fortunate to be able to be in the same organization for 14 years. I’ve had a chance to work on a multitude of levels. The Kraft family has been extremely generous to me and my family, and there’s no coach in football that I’d rather work alongside than Bill Belichick. I like being here. I like winning. I enjoy my role. I have plenty of responsibility, and I enjoy being part of a winning culture, a winning organization. I feel blessed to be here and to have the opportunity that I have. I’m really grateful, and hopefully we can continue to win some games along the way as well.”
Belichick has praised Caserio for taking on a larger role in recent years. Caserio, who originally joined the Patriots’ staff as a personnel assistant in 2001, has facilitated some of the team’s recent in-season trades.
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