Pats to part ways with contract guru

On the eve of their Conference Championship battle with the Baltimore Ravens, word has come that the New England Patriots are expected to part ways with personnel executive Floyd Reese after the season, according to ESPNBoston.com's Mike Reiss.

One of the primary reasons the Pats have been successful for so long has been their ability to work out contracts for free agents and to keep their own guys in house at prices that didn't cause financial issues for the club. It will be interesting to see how Reese's departure from the team after four seasons affects that element of continuity going forward, because Reese was a key part of that process:

Mike Reiss

Sources: Reese not expected back in 2013

"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. ... 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."