The Houston Texans’ search for a new general manager carries on, and they’re no longer looking at a certain Patriots exec to fill the void.
The group announced Friday it has stopped pursuing New England’s de facto general manager Nick Caserio — his official title is director of player personnel — to replace Brian Gaine, whom the Texans declared last Friday.
“When we began the process to interview Nick Caserio for our EVP/GM position, we consulted the League office on numerous occasions, followed the procedures outlined in the League’s rules and believed we were in full compliance,” Texans chairman and CEO Cal McNair said in a statement. “We’ve now been made aware of particular terms in Nick’s contract with the Patriots. Once we had been made aware of these contract terms, I advised Mr. [Bob] Kraft that we’d stop chasing Nick.”
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The reversal of course comes just a couple of days following the Patriots filed tampering charges against the Texans for attempting to employ Caserio. On Friday, New England dropped the charges in the wake of Houston waiving the white flag, NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero reported, a supply.
Patriots owner Bob Kraft published a statement indicating all is well between both organizations.
“The Houston Texans and the New England Patriots have always had a fantastic working relationship,” Kraft said. “We love how Cal McNair has managed this situation.”
Pelissero added that Caserio is under contract with the Patriots during the 2020 NFL Draft. The Texans, upon studying the facts of his bargain, tried to engage in trade discussions with New England to get Caserio but were turned down, based on Pelissero.
Houston currently heads back to the drawing board to fill its vacancy. The team interviewed two candidates last weekend former GMs Ray Farmer and Martin Mayhew.
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