Source: Pats' Nick Caserio denied Colts

Even in a season in which the Colts are down, Indianapolis and New England have squared off in the postseason.

The first candidate the Colts pursued for their vacant general manager's job was New England's director of player personnel Nick Caserio, according to a source familiar with Indianapolis' search.

As soon as the Colts made their move, the Patriots made theirs, meeting with Caserio and convincing him New England was a better place to be than Indianapolis.

After some prodding from the Kraft family, Caserio agreed. He rejected the Colts' overtures and opted to stay with the Patriots.

Adam Schefter is ESPN's NFL Insider.