Why the Nick Caserio Extension Is Important

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In 2018, the New England Patriots sent Nick Caserio to now Ravens quarterback pro day Lamar Jackson.  The Pro Day was a great opportunity to see if Jackson could have been a potential developmental replacement for Tom Brady when he decided to move on from New England. 


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Jackson’s talented, it’s obvious because he was named NFL MVP this past season after tearing up the regular season and leading Baltimore to a first-round bye. 

Caserio liked Jackson, in fact he wanted the Patriots to draft the quarterback with their first round pick in 2018.  Instead, the Patriots selected Georgia running back Sony Michel.  Now, Caserio never actually said on the record he wanted Jackson but it was apparent if you read between his Bill Belichick type responses. 

Here’s what Caserio said about Jackson after he was drafted by the Ravens.  “There’s a lot of things that we talked about.  Our process is pretty thorough.  We spend a lot of time on a lot of different players.  There’s a lot players we talked about so we picked a couple of players tonight,’’ Caserio said. “We have an opportunity in the second round to pick another two players if we stay and pick or if we have some opportunities to potentially move some things around.  There’s a lot of discussion about a lot of players.  We can only pick so many.  In this case, we can only pick two.  Sometimes, you can only pick one.  We talk about a lot of guys on a pretty regular basis.  It’s pretty fluid.  In the end, we just try to pick the players we feel our best for us.’’

Shop for official New England Patriots fan gear and authentic collectibles at NFLShop.comI read that as Caserio wanted Jackson, felt he was the best available player, but Belichick went in another direction.  

Why is this important?  It’s important because Caserio is a good talent evaluator and helps Belichick find the diamonds in the rough.  At the time of Jackson being drafted, not many in the league saw Jackson as a franchise quarterback.  Caserio did, but Jackson unfortunately just didn’t fit the Patriots scheme. 

This time last year, it felt like Caserio was going to leave Foxboro.  The Texans had an opening for a general manager and he was interested in Houston.  The Patriots invoked clauses in his contract to prevent him from leaving New England.  The Patriots filed tampering charges against the Texans in their attempt to hire Caserio. 

Caserio’s contract was set to expire at the end of the NFL Draft in April.  All signs were pointing to a departure for a man who has been with the Patriots since 2001.  He has done a multitude of roles for the Patriots and, as the current director of player personnel, Caserio is more than ready to run an NFL franchise as a general manager. 

The Patriots keeping Caserio around is very important.  One - the Patriots keep some consistency within the front office and aren’t letting a very talented executive leave for another organization.  The duo of Belichick and Caserio should not be understated as these two try and re-sign Tom Brady or usher in the next quarterback for the Patriots. 

Could Caserio also be the backfill for Belichick for when he retires?  That answer is yes.  Now, no one knows when that will be, but it's clear Robert Kraft is already starting to plan for the future. 

What happens if Belichick and Kraft have a disagreement on the way to handle Brady?  If Kraft intervenes and brings Brady back and Belichick wants to turn the page, Belichick could leave.  While that’s all speculation, it shouldn’t be something to rule out. 

Caserio and offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels have a connection dating all the way back to college.  The two could arguably be the duo leading the Patriots post-Belichick and Brady. 

Life will go on if the Patriots elect to not bring Brady back or if he decides he doesn’t want to come back.  Caserio has been a part of the Belichick led six Super Bowl champion New England Patriots. Caserio is just as important to keep around and the Patriots have done that.

Now, Belichick and Caserio will go into the biggest offseason in franchise history and begin to either mold the next New England Patriots teams or they’ll bring back Brady and push the dynasty another couple of years. 

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