Longtime NFL personnel executive Floyd Reese, who has spent the past four seasons with the New England Patriots as the club’s senior football advisor, isn’t expected back with the team in 2013, according to sources.
The 64-year-old Reese’s contract is expiring and the decision to move on was described as amicable. Reese and Patriots coach Bill Belichick have a long history, going back to their days as assistant coaches with the Detroit Lions in 1976-77.
One of Reese’s primary roles as senior football advisor was to serve as the Patriots’ point person in contract talks with player representatives. Although Reese didn’t have final authority on the negotiations, he represented the Patriots’ interests in talks.
Reese joined the Patriots on Jan. 27, 2009 at a time when the club was restructuring its front office after vice president of player personnel Scott Pioli was hired as Kansas City Chiefs general manager.
Because Pioli oversaw the Patriots’ scouting staff while also serving as a point person on player contract negotiations, the Patriots essentially elevated Nick Caserio into Pioli’s role from a scouting perspective, and tapped Reese to serve as a spokesman of sorts on contract negotiations.
One of the NFL’s most engaging executives who previously spent time at ESPN as an analyst, Reese was mostly an under-the-radar presence in New England, which is reflective of the team’s preference for as close to a “one-voice” type of setup as possible under Belichick. Reese was most visible on his daily jogs up Route 1 outside of Gillette Stadium.
The 2012 season was Reese’s 36th in the NFL, 21 of which came on the personnel side and the other 15 as an assistant coach. Reese is mostly associated with the Houston Oilers/Tennessee Titans franchise after a 21-year run with them that began in 1986. He served as the franchise’s general manager in his final 13 seasons with them, a stretch in which the team won 111 games.