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.