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NFL rumors: Contract talks between Patriots, Nick Caserio 'have gotten nowhere'

NFL rumors: Contract talks between Patriots, Nick Caserio 'have gotten nowhere'

Nick Caserio has served as director of player personnel for the New England Patriots since 2008, but he might have a new title and a new team next season.

Caserio's contract expires after the 2019 campaign, and if he's not re-signed by the Patriots, multiple teams reportedly are expected to show interest.

NFL Media's Mike Garafolo reported Sunday morning an update on the contract talks between Caserio and the Patriots.

“The Patriots have tried to broach the possibility of an extension, and from what I gather, have gotten nowhere with it,” Garafolo said Sunday on NFL Network. “So, he is going to be on the market as a GM. I’m thinking he gets a job elsewhere.”

If Caserio does leave the Patriots, which teams will show interest in him? CBS Sports' Jason La Canfora on Sunday morning reported two teams, the Houston Texans and Carolina Panthers. His note on the Panthers is particularly interesting:

Panthers owner David Tepper wants to speak to several coaches and executives who have ties to the Patriots organization as well, sources said, with Caserio a strong candidate to oversee personnel in Carolina as well. 

The Texans have pursued Caserio in the past, and the Patriots even filed tampering charges against Houston (the charges were later dropped by New England) earlier this year. He obviously knows Texans head coach Bill O'Brien well from their days together in New England.

Caserio is in his 17th season with the Patriots and 15th in player personnel. He's been a valuable member of the Patriots' front office and has contributed to the team consistently building championship-caliber rosters through the trade market, free agency and the draft.

The Patriots have dealt with members of their coaching staff and front office leaving for rival teams many times over the past 20 years, but Caserio is a pretty important part of the organization. His loss wouldn't be a small one.

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Report: Alex Rodriguez, Jennifer Lopez talking to Robert Kraft about buying Mets

Report: Alex Rodriguez, Jennifer Lopez talking to Robert Kraft about buying Mets

Alex Rodriguez and Jennifer Lopez appear to be making another run at purchasing the New York Mets.

According to Thornton McEnery of The New York Post, A-Rod and J-Lo are working with senior bankers at JPMorgan Chase to buy the storied baseball franchise from the Wilpon family. McEnery notes the celebrity couple is willing to part with "hundreds of millions" of their own money to make it happen. They also may get some assistance from the Kraft family.

"Two clients whom Rodriguez and Lopez have apparently been speaking to are Patriots owners Bob and Jonathan Kraft," McEnery writes. "Sources tell The Post that the Krafts are not interested in buying a baseball team but are very intrigued by J-Rod’s plans for the Mets and Citi Field."

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Those plans include redeveloping the area around Citi Field and turning it into an entertainment venue similar to what the Krafts have done with Patriot Place outside Gillette Stadium.

Although Rodriguez and Lopez's previous bid to buy the Mets with billionaire Wayne Rothbaum didn't work out, the couple appears set on getting a deal done. The Wilpons reportedly now are willing to sell part of SNY, the Mets' television network, which they weren't willing to part ways with during the first negotiations.

With help from the Krafts or other billionaire investors, A-Rod and J-Lo could make a serious bid to take over a franchise that the Wilpon family has invested in since 1980.

Taylor Lewan has funny take on Titans choosing Ryan Tannehill over Tom Brady

Taylor Lewan has funny take on Titans choosing Ryan Tannehill over Tom Brady

When Tom Brady was an unrestricted free agent for the first time in his 20-year NFL career earlier this offseason, the Tennessee Titans were seen as frontrunners to sign him.

Part of that was due to Brady's close relationship Titans head coach and former New England Patriots teammate Mike Vrabel. Tennessee also boasts a strong offensive line and plenty of weapons for Brady to work with, so it seemed like a natural fit for the six-time Super Bowl champion.

Instead, the Titans rewarded Ryan Tannehill for his strong showing in the 2019 season with a four-year, $118 million contract, and Brady ended up with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

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Titans players, including offensive lineman Taylor Lewan, seem to be just fine with that result. Lewan recently talked to NFL Network's Mike Giardi about Tennessee choosing Tannehill over Brady while throwing in some funny jabs at the ex-Pats QB.

Read what Lewan had to say in Giardi's tweet below:

Lewan is quite the character.

It's clear the Titans have tremendous faith in Tannehill, and it's hard to blame them after seeing how he performed last season. The 31-year-old finished the campaign with the highest passer rating of all QBs (117.5) while tossing 22 touchdown passes and only six interceptions.