The Patriots announced that they have hired veteran NFL personnel man Floyd Reese as a senior football advisor today.
Reese, who has been working as an analyst for ESPN, was formerly the general manager of the Tennessee Titans. According to the Patriots, Reese will be involved with various football-related assignments, including contracts.
In addition to the hiring of Reese, the Patriots announced that Nick Caserio, in his second season as director of player personnel, will manage the daily operations of the personnel department, continuing to work closely with coach Bill Belichick on all personnel matters.
These moves reshape the Patriots' personnel department after vice president of player personnel Scott Pioli was hired as Kansas City Chiefs general manager.
Reese, in an afternoon conference call, said that he'd be working out of Gillette Stadium. While he didn't provide specifics of his contract, he indicated that he planned for it to be more than a one-year arrangement.
"If you look at professional sports franchises over the last 10 or 12 years and you say ‘name the top five,’ the New England Patriots are going to be there someplace. If you look at ownership of organizations and franchises and you say ‘okay, name the top five owners,’ Mr. Kraft and his family are going to be in there someplace. And if you look at the top coaches in any sport, Bill Belichick will be someplace near the top. I just want to say it’s a real honor and privilege for me to be a part of it," he said.
Reese said he spoke with Belichick about 7-10 days ago, and the sides reached a contract agreement Monday.
Asked how he envisions his role as a senior advisor, Reese didn't provide specifics.
"This organization doesn’t need a lot of fixing. They are in pretty good shape, so I think my objective is to come in and do whatever I can do to help Mr. Kraft and Bill [Belichick] win another world championship," he said.
As part of the interview process, Reese met with chairman/CEO Robert Kraft, president Jonathan Kraft and Belichick. He did not meet with director of player personnel Nick Caserio, which could be an indication that Reese's role will be more business- and contract-based that personnel-based.
“We consider ourselves fortunate to have the opportunity to add someone with Floyd Reese’s NFL experience and expertise to our staff,” Robert Kraft said in a statement. “Floyd will be a tremendous asset serving Coach Belichick in an advisory role.”
Belichick, in a statement, said: "Floyd and I go back a long way, practically to the beginning for both of us. He has handled as much as one person can possibly handle in this league and to a certain extent, so has Nick. In Nick and Floyd, we have two outstanding men who each bring a wealth of knowledge and flexibility to this organization. I look forward to joining with both of them and working toward the common goal of our team's improvement and success.”