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New England Patriots Make Significant Front Office Move

A closeup of a New England Patriots football helmet. The team will be without David Andrews in Week 3.

ATLANTA - AUGUST 11: A detailed view of a New England Patriots helmet prior to the NFL preseason game between the New England Patriots and the Atlanta Falcons on August 11, 2006 at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo By Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

The New England Patriots have reportedly locked up a key member of their organization to a contract extension. No, it's not Tom Brady.

Nick Caserio, the Patriots' director of player personnel, has reportedly agreed to a contract extension with the franchise. This is a significant move for New England's front office.

Ben Volin of the Boston Globe first reported the news. Caserio is the Patriots "de facto general manager," according to the report.

Caserio's contract was reportedly set to expire this spring. He had been pursued by other NFL teams and attempted to take the Houston Texans' GM job last offseason.

The Patriots' blocked that move, though, and they've now rewarded him with a contract extension. He's an extremely valuable member of the six-time Super Bowl-winning franchise.

"Caserio is one of the most unique executives in the NFL. He helps run drills at practice in addition to negotiating contracts and organizing the scouting department," Volin writes.

Locking up Caserio is not the only big move the Patriots have to make this offseason, of course, as Tom Brady's future is up in the air. But it is a nice first step for the AFC contenders.