When will Nick Caserio leave the Patriots?

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Patriots director of player personnel Nick Caserio has apparently crossed the Rubicon in Foxboro. So when will he make his formal exit from an organization with which he has spent a generation?

His contract runs through the 2020 draft. After that, he’s free to leave. It makes sense to wonder whether he possibly would leave before then.

Although a trade technically isn’t permissible under the NFL’s tampering policy, nothing stops the league from fashioning an exception that would allow Houston to compensate New England for Caserio, especially in light of the contractual term that ostensibly keeps Caserio in place, no matter what the promotion may be. And it’s possible that, after coach Bill Belichick has a couple of weeks to digest the departure and to plan for Caserio’s replacement, maybe Belichick and the Patriots would feel better about not having a short-timer in the building.

Even if a deal isn’t done now, there’s a chance something could be done after the 2019 season ends. Really, why would the Patriots want to squat on Caserio for one last free agency and draft process that necessarily will see Caserio have reduced relevance and influence? (It’s hard to envision, for example, Caserio chiming in on the effort to find a potential replacement for Tom Brady in the draft.)

Here’s a reason to hold him in place: It keeps him from helping the Texans until after the major 2020 offseason tentpoles come and go, and it also keeps him from carrying to a new team the information he develops about the next class of free agents and rookies.

That said, Belichick likely will be very careful about sharing any strategic intelligence with Caserio. Which makes the team’s insistence on keeping around a guy who seems to be destined to leave even more curious.

But there’s still one potential outcome that could make all others moot: The Patriots and Caserio could decide to extend their relationship, with Caserio getting a new contract with extra money and perhaps enhanced authority in exchange for abandoning his apparent plan to leave.

47 responses to “When will Nick Caserio leave the Patriots?

  1. Never. He and McDaniels are the pair of the future. I don’t know why this is so hard to understand for people.

    You have the best owner in sports and you’d have full power when BB decides to step down in about 5 years.

    What more could you possibly want?

  2. He should channel his inner George Constanza, and drag one of their Lombardi’s through the parking lot.

  3. youbettercallsaul says:

    June 18, 2019 at 11:12 am

    He should channel his inner George Constanza, and drag one of their Lombardi’s through the parking lot.

    That won’t get Caserio kicked out. Gronk already damaged one with that stunt at the Red Sox game and everyone still wants him back.

  4. All based on the speculation he really wanted to leave – maybe he did but got a raise, maybe he just did it to get a raise, maybe he wasn’t interested at all and the notion “by all accounts” that he wanted to leave was just all Texan accounts by way of their climb-down. I think the latter is more likely for two reasons:
    1) Seeing as the Texans went after him last year, if there’d been a no-trade contract clause they’d have all found out about it then instead of supposedly only finding out now.
    2) The Pats most likely only found out about secret tampering talks between Caserio and Texans from Caserio himself.

  5. Keep in mind this is based largely on a report by Ben Volin. Volin works for one of the main sources of fake news in America, The Boston Globe. A “newspaper” so terrible it sold for $1.

  6. Ask Caserio to explain what’s going on. Caserio knew he had the clause and all he has to do is wait until next year, why was the issue forced? Why would he want to work for a guy that was responsible for 2 GMs fired and has his hands in everything? Maybe it’s all his agent Bob LaMonte.

  7. Might this just be a speculation story to feed the dead time of the off season? Sort of like how BB and TB12 could no longer coexist? Or how BB and Kraft were at odds over Jimmy G?

  8. Or maybe this is just another manufactured off-season “controversy” – it could simply be that there is nothing to see here.

    Anyway, let’s keep it going, we all know how the Patriots react to this kind of stuff once the season starts.

  9. eddiea25 says:
    June 18, 2019 at 12:05 pm
    Coaches and management are beating feet before BB and TB retire,also ownership torch will passes eventually to spa king’s son.

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    Yeah, this started around 2001 or so if I recall.

  10. all speculation and rumour until we hear it from the horse’s mouth himself …… bet he actually re-up’s to shut em all up huh …. time will tell

  11. If he wanted out so bad like all the media darlings claim why hasn’t he handed in his resignation letter?????

  12. Angel Valle says:
    June 18, 2019 at 12:42 pm
    If he wanted out so bad like all the media darlings claim why hasn’t he handed in his resignation letter?????
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    Ask Ben Volin of the Boston Globe. He admitted that his story was all conjecture and that he had no facts. It is possible that Caserio will honor the one remaining year on his deal and then leave. However, this could also mean that Belichick will open up discussion with Nick soon about a compensation package that will keep him in New England for a long time. Obviously, Belichick would like nothing more than to transition the franchise to Caserio and McDaniels down the road.

  13. I believe that there are handshake deals in place for Brady and Belichick to both pack it in after 2019, and for McDaniels and Caserio to take over as HC and GM.

    Brady’s cap number for 2018 was his highest ever – $22 million. Lean, but not larcenous like in years past. For 2019, it’s $27 million, which is perhaps a bit overweight. Why is he now taking market value? The only thing that makes sense is that this is the end. No more deals for tomorrow, because there is no tomorrow.

    As for Belichick, his legacy is secure. Does he want to start over with a new QB? He has one thing left he can accomplish, 68 wins puts him ahead of Shula. Is he ready for six more seasons of this?

  14. Even if he wants to be a GM…why would you go to a team thats just had recent owner death, never a smooth transition. A couple of teams in the NFC will need a new GM next year…Tampa Bay and Vikings.

  15. jeremycrowhurst says:
    June 18, 2019 at 1:15 pm
    I believe that there are handshake deals in place for Brady and Belichick to both pack it in after 2019, and for McDaniels and Caserio to take over as HC and GM.

    Brady’s cap number for 2018 was his highest ever – $22 million. Lean, but not larcenous like in years past. For 2019, it’s $27 million, which is perhaps a bit overweight. Why is he now taking market value? The only thing that makes sense is that this is the end. No more deals for tomorrow, because there is no tomorrow.

    As for Belichick, his legacy is secure. Does he want to start over with a new QB? He has one thing left he can accomplish, 68 wins puts him ahead of Shula. Is he ready for six more seasons of this?

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    Laughable. I say Brady has 3, BB 5.

    BB will want to see Stidham or whoever else evolve before walking away.

  16. Just left Foxboro. It’s beautiful in June. Every year there is speculation and controversy regarding this organization and every year, its in the mix for a title. Many who have left either lament it or return. At least that’s the feeling I got from Ty and Troy when they were reviewing the a new façade on Gillette. It’s a well run franchise and will be so for decades. What should we really care about? The next game that matters! We await the Steelers!

  17. tylawspick6 says:
    You have the best owner in sports and you’d have full power when BB decides to step down in about 5 years.
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    You still believe that? He started dating someones granddaughter while his “beloved” wife’s body was still warm. His organization has been busted and penalized by the NFL multiple times for cheating. Then he got busted for multiple times going to strip mall for a rub & tug.

    You could argue that he is the biggest embarrassment of all of the owners.

  18. “also ownership torch will passes eventually to spa king’s son.”

    Jonathan Kraft has been running the team for something like the last 5 years already, Robert is a figurehead at this point

  19. Just another example of the pathetically petty Patriots keeping their people down. And you wonder why so many of the staff have jumped ship? Nobody but nobody wants to work for the Pats unless it is a last resort.

  20. Ben Volin, the one to report that Nick wants out of NE and the root of these stories, has since admitted that his report that “Casserio Wants Out of New England” was not a report, but an opinion piece. He has no inside knowledge. No sources. Just a gut feeling. So really nothing to see here.

  21. domedaddy says:
    June 18, 2019 at 2:10 pm
    Just another example of the pathetically petty Patriots keeping their people down. And you wonder why so many of the staff have jumped ship? Nobody but nobody wants to work for the Pats unless it is a last resort.

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    Hi Lane!

    I am glad your team opened up camp practices to the fans finally! Welcome to the 2000s!

    lmao

  22. originate421 says:
    June 18, 2019 at 2:05 pm
    tylawspick6 says:
    You have the best owner in sports and you’d have full power when BB decides to step down in about 5 years.
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    You still believe that? He started dating someones granddaughter while his “beloved” wife’s body was still warm. His organization has been busted and penalized by the NFL multiple times for cheating. Then he got busted for multiple times going to strip mall for a rub & tug.

    You could argue that he is the biggest embarrassment of all of the owners.

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    Yeah, I don’t judge people’s personal lives or how they grieve after losing a loved one. He also didn’t start dating someone immediately after Myra’s passing, not that it’s our business anyway.

    He’s the greatest owner the league has ever seen. A season ticker holder buys his team and creates an epic dynasty in 25 years?

    It’s the stuff of legend, regardless of how jealous you are of it.

  23. It’s the annual off season controversy to help fill the NFL news pipeline by stoking the hopes of the fan bases of 31 other franchises, only to have those hopes dashed once the season rolls around. It’s an emotional roller coaster that keeps people addicted.

    However, there may be some feeling of uncertainty revolving around the aging of the core of the franchise (BB, Brady, and Kraft) along with odd behavior of the owner since his wife passed away, that may be driving some of the staff departures. There may also be some fatigue leading to speculation of greener pastures.

    Or, it’s the normal course of events and they will adjust and prosper.

    Let’s hope it is the latter.

  24. Yeah, I don’t judge people’s personal lives or how they grieve after losing a loved one. He also didn’t start dating someone immediately after Myra’s passing, not that it’s our business anyway.

    He’s the greatest owner the league has ever seen. A season ticker holder buys his team and creates an epic dynasty in 25 years?

    It’s the stuff of legend, regardless of how jealous you are of it.
    ————————————————Actually, I like and respect BB and TB… so I am not really a “hater”. You can respect a franchise’s unprecedented success without conflating it with quality of character.

    Remember when Kraft paid millions to 2 murders on the same team? Stallworth was even a convicted killer when they took him on… Hernandez they just looked the other way.

    Kraft made a deal with the devil for this run of success. The cost comes at the Patriots also being the moral, ethical and legal embarrassment of the NFL for 20+ years.

  25. You still believe that? He started dating someones granddaughter while his “beloved” wife’s body was still warm. His organization has been busted and penalized by the NFL multiple times for cheating. Then he got busted for multiple times going to strip mall for a rub & tug.

    You could argue that he is the biggest embarrassment of all of the owners. Translation 😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭

  26. The good news is that a baseless rumor gives the haters something to feel hopeful about in the off-season, before they inevitably get embarrassed again by NE on the field.

  27. gdbroker says:
    June 18, 2019 at 2:14 pm

    Ben Volin, the one to report that Nick wants out of NE and the root of these stories, has since admitted that his report that “Casserio Wants Out of New England” was not a report, but an opinion piece. He has no inside knowledge. No sources. Just a gut feeling. So really nothing to see here.

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    Exactly!

  28. Angel Valle says:
    June 18, 2019 at 3:14 pm
    His organization has been busted and penalized by the NFL multiple times for cheating
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    * Science has always said that there was no cheating. The NFL is still hiding the PSI data from the 2015 season because science can’t lie.

    * A poorly worded memo wasn’t followed exactly the way that someone intended. The Patriots were then over punished because someone’s feelings were hurt. Some people will never be able to understand that there is no disadvantage to moving a camera with a zoom lens back 25 feet.

    All that “cheating” nonsense has been debunked countless times. At this point what you call “cheating” is just drivel being repeated by jealous parrots.

  29. vikesr4reel says:
    June 18, 2019 at 6:38 pm
    Let’s get the facts straight here
    The guy is a cheater
    End of discussion
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    Funny how not even one former player or former team assistant ever said anything even close to agreeing with that comment.

    Comments from Patriot detractors often demonstrate that Patriot detractors are constrained to the parroting of the lame and tired “cheater” drivel, abounding from an inexhaustible reservoir of stupidity.

  30. The patriots have been caught 7 times cheating and this has been proven both scientifically and forensically
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    Bah Ahaha Ha!

    Thanks for the laugh!

  31. Kraft made a deal with the devil for this run of success. The cost comes at the Patriots also being the moral, ethical and legal embarrassment of the NFL for 20+ years.

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    He made a deal with his wife. That buying the team would not impact the money they gave to charity. She made him promise her. And it didn’t.

    Moral, ethical, legal embarrassment of the NFL???? We don’t have to go through the very long list of owners, GMs, players with character blemishes, now, do we? Seriously???

    Yes. Stallworth had been convicted of manslauder. We agree on that.

    For Hernandez, Kraft did not have a crystal ball.

    There is no way that anyone can put that on him.

  32. Although many have tried, nobody has left New England and won. Nobody. Bill Belichick is the genius, and everyone else is no better than anyone that works for the other 31 teams. But it seems like this guy wants to leave. Maybe he doesn’t want to work with Josh McDaniels when Belichick leaves. Bill O’Brien doesn’t seem like a very popular guy, but maybe leaving New England is really what Caserio wants. Seems kind of weird to force a guy to stick around when he wants to leave. If anything, it makes Belichick look bad. Why would you hold a guy back? That’s not really a football issue, that’s a human issue.

  33. Vikesr4real is placing cold footballs next to heaters cheating or no because that’s exactly what both the Vikings and Panthers did… It’s a violation of NFL rules by the way.. Sure would like to know the psi on those footballs. They have it on tape to(so it’s not a he said question). Hilarious

  34. Force a guy to stick around, so basically if any player wants to be traded, what you are saying is that they should be traded and not forced to stick around. Really.. That’s what you are saying.

  35. streetyson says:
    June 18, 2019 at 11:39 am

    All based on the speculation he really wanted to leave – maybe he did but got a raise, maybe he just did it to get a raise, maybe he wasn’t interested at all and the notion “by all accounts” that he wanted to leave was just all Texan accounts by way of their climb-down. I think the latter is more likely for two reasons:
    1) Seeing as the Texans went after him last year, if there’d been a no-trade contract clause they’d have all found out about it then instead of supposedly only finding out now.
    2) The Pats most likely only found out about secret tampering talks between Caserio and Texans from Caserio himself.

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    1) Not really, the Patriots simply declined to let him interview, as was their right during the timeframe involved (Pats were still in the Playoffs).

    2) Conjecture. As this was pre-training camp, for a job that would be a promotion to a “High Level Club Employee”, the Pats simply couldn’t “block it” this time around. Instead, they claimed tampering with no real example, other than a contract clause with questionable application (NFL threw last one out).

    If Caserio wasn’t interested, he could just decline the interview himself. He could even do so through his agent, as he shares one with Easterby. (this also explains why claiming Easterby came to ring ceremony and tampered is absurd…no need to bother as this could be done with a phone call to their shared agent.)

    No, the Patriots wanted to block the Texans from making a move both Caserio and the Texans wanted. At best, they’d extort the Texans for a draft pick. At worst, they’d delay the Texans long enough with the tampering investigation that teh Texans would move on.

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