Dave Ziegler is not leaving the New England Patriots.
NFL Media's Ian Rapoport reported Sunday afternoon that Ziegler is withdrawing his name from the Denver Broncos' general manager search.
Sources: #Patriots assistant director of player personnel Dave Ziegler is withdrawing his name from the #Broncos GM search to remain in New England. Bill Belichick and the organization has committed to Ziegler’s future, and Ziegler has committed to NE.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) January 10, 2021
Ziegler interviewed for the Broncos GM job over the weekend.
The Patriots lost director of player personnel Nick Caserio last week when he left to become the next general manager of the Houston Texans. Losing Ziegler, the Patriots' assistant director of player personnel, would have been another tough blow to the team's front office.
It's possible Ziegler could replace Caserio. The MMQB's Albert Breer laid out the situation on Twitter:
Ziegler and Patriots coach Bill Belichick had a conversation this AM, which led to Ziegler's decision to withdraw from the Broncos GM search. Belichick couldn't promise Ziegler he'd replace Nick Caserio—the Rooney Rule mandates a process—but it's fair to say he's well-positioned. https://t.co/cZqs8ISByO
— Albert Breer (@AlbertBreer) January 10, 2021
The Patriots have begun a pivotal offseason for the future of the franchise. The team has many different roster weaknesses to address, and having an experienced front office with people like Ziegler would only help the Patriots in their quest to reconstruct a championship-caliber squad.