Teams Looking At Patriots Front Office Staff

It's that time of year... time to raid the Patriots organization for talent. Teams reportedly interested in staff from New England.

The Seahawks reportedly have a list of 10 potential candidates they'll consider for the team's vacant general manager position.

Chief executive officer Tod Leiweke has maintained that the team will continue with an in-house evaluation until the end of the season, and then it will begin to interview candidates.

The Seahawks broke away from that process last week to negotiate with Mike Holmgren, which resulted in the former Seattle head coach declining the offer to join the team as president of football operations. Holmgren instead accepted an offer to become head of football operations for the Browns.

According to ProFootballTalk.com, the 10 possible candidates provided to the team reportedly put together by New York search firm Spencer Stuart include Cardinals director of player personnel Steve Keim, Chargers director of player personnel Jimmy Raye, Eagles GM Tom Heckert, Ravens director of player personnel Eric DeCosta, Packers director of football operations John Schneider, Patriots senior football adviser Floyd Reese, Patriots pro personnel director Jason Licht, 49ers director of player personnel Trent Baalke, Seahawks interim general manager Ruston Webster and Chargers senior executive Randy Mueller.

The Seahawks might have to wait well into January before interviewing some of those candidates if their teams make a deep run in the postseason. Seattle has to receive permission from any organization that has a potential candidate under contract, and that likely would not happen until after the season is over.

The team is not limited to the list of 10 people provided by the search firm, and it likely will have a list of its own candidates it will take a look at as well.

Patriots Insider's Take (Jon Scott):

When asked about the possiblity that Reese, or Personnel man Jason Licht might depart for jobs in other organizations, the Patriots returned to their habit of not commenting on the situation. They have taken the same approiach with reports on coaches, assistants and other front offfice type departures in the past.

"Any questions about those types of situations really should go to the league office or the teams that are involved. But right now we’re focused on Jacksonville and that’s all we’re doing," said Bill Belichick in Tuesday's press conference. "Whatever the process is, if we’re involved in it we’ll follow it of course."

Patriots director of Player Personnel Nick Caserio echoed Belichick's comments. But, Caserios did allow that both Reese and Licht have been important components in the organization's player evaluation team.

"I think our whole department has worked well together, whether it’s the college side or the pro side," Caserio stated. "Both are experienced. Both have been in the league and have good knowledge of the league. I think our whole department collectively has worked well together and hopefully we’ll continue that moving forward."

Considering how tight-lipped the Patriots are about these situations, it would not be a surprose to find out that both staffers are considering offers to move on. Reese has been the top dog previously, and in New England his role of Senior Football Advisor may be giving him less influence than he acutally desires. Reese spent 17 seasons with the Houston Oilers / Tennessee Titans, as an assistnat to the GM and eventually the executaive vice president / general manager. In 13 seasons as GM, Reese's Titans won a franchise record 111 games by a GM.Some of Reese's acquisitions (Kerry Collins, Cortland Finnegan, Albert Haynesworth, Chris Hope and Kevin Mawae) helped the Titans make last year's playoff run.

Losing Reese wouldn't be as dramatic a change fro New Englnad as the departure of Scott Pioli, but the Patriots would need another contract savvy individual to help with the Draft and the period of free agency. The NFL Draft is in April, the Combine is in late February

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