The end of the Patriots' dynasty -- at least as we know it -- could be near. With rumors of a potential exodus of personnel looking to depart from the Patriots organization, one particular executive's exit would be a major blow. It's being reported that Nick Caserio, director of player personnel, could be leaving his position after this season.
Caserio's been with the Patriots since 2001, which includes Tom Brady and Bill Belichick's reign of dominance over the NFL. However, his job title doesn't actually give him too much control over the team's roster, which is almost 100 percent dictated by Belichick.
With that in mind, one can't blame Caserio for wanting to pursue opportunities outside of the Patriots organization. He was actually linked to the Houston Texans GM opening last season, but the Patriots filed tampering charges against the Texans since Caserio was still under contract with the Pats at the time. Classic.
Now, however, he'll be a free agent in the NFL executive market, and many teams will be salivating at the thought of having a former Belichick crony at their disposal.