According to Jason La Canfora, the Panthers and the Texans are two of the main teams interested in pursuing Patriots executive Nick Caserio for their open front office positions this offseason.
La Canfora says that contrary to prior reports, the Texans would be interested in hiring Caserio to a front-office role as opposed to continuing without a general manager as they have this season.
Panthers owner David Tepper is also intrigued with modeling the Patriots organization and wants to speak with several candidates who have ties to the team, including Caserio. Tepper was part of Carolina’s effort to hire Texans EVP Jack Easterby when he left his role as character coach in New England and La Canfora adds it’s not out of the question Tepper could continue to pursue Easterby.
While the Panthers are expected to retain GM Marty Hurney, Tepper has made it clear he wants to make another significant front office hire to help oversee pro personnel and liaison between the business and football spheres.
Talks between the Patriots and Caserio have “gone nowhere” and Caserio is expected to be working somewhere else besides New England at the conclusion of the season.
Caserio was considered the top candidate for the Texans’ GM job this summer, but the Patriots filed tampering charges and Houston later dropped their pursuit altogether.
Caserio, 43, got into coaching back in 1999 as a graduate assistant at Saginaw Valley State. He spent three years coaching in college before the Patriots hired him as an offensive coaching assistant in 2002.
Caserio later took a personnel assistant job and worked his way up to director of player personnel in 2008 and has remained in the position ever since.
We’ll have more regarding the Caserio as the news is available.