The Patriots look set to retain player personnel director Nick Caserio despite earlier reports of 49ers interest. The longtime New England staffer turned down an interview request from the 49ers, Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk reports.
San Francisco representatives interviewed Patriots OC Josh McDaniels earlier today, and a report emerged previously the 40-year-old play-caller viewed the 49ers’ job as his top option compared to the Rams’ or Jaguars’ positions. But Caserio declining this opportunity could throw some cold water on that. The 40-year-old McDaniels and 41-year-old Caserio are close, going back to their days playing football at John Carroll University.
Florio, though, notes Caserio turning down an interview could lead to the 49ers offering McDaniels more power. The reporter adds that Caserio, who interviewed with the Dolphins in 2014, hasn’t shown serious interest in leaving New England despite not having final say over the Patriots’ 53-man roster — a responsibility Bill Belichick has long since possessed.
The 49ers remain connected to several candidates for their GM vacancy, but the Caserio road appears to have hit a dead end.
ESPN analyst Louis Riddick, Colts VP of football operations Jimmy Raye III, Panthers assistant GM Brandon Beane, Packers director of football operations Eliot Wolf and Vikings assistant GM George Paton represent the other candiates for the 49ers’ GM position. Raye will interview with the team on Sunday.