The Houston Texans’ look for a new general manager continues, and they’re no longer looking at a particular Patriots exec to fill the void.
The group announced Friday that it has ceased pursuing New England’s de facto general manager Nick Caserio — his official title is director of player personnel — to substitute Brian Gaine, whom the Texans declared last Friday.
“When we began the process to interview Nick Caserio for our EVP/GM place, we consulted the League office on numerous occasions, followed the procedures outlined in the League’s rules and believed we had been in full compliance,” Texans chairman and CEO Cal McNair said in a statement. “We have now been made aware of certain terms in Nick’s contract with the Patriots. Once we had been made aware of these contract provisions, I informed Mr. [Bob] Kraft that we’d stop pursuing Nick.”
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The change of course comes just a few days following the Patriots filed tampering charges against the Texans for trying to hire Caserio. On Friday, New England dropped the prices in the wake of Houston waiving the white flag, NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero reported, a source.
Patriots owner Bob Kraft released a statement indicating all is well between the two organizations.
“The Houston Texans and the New England Patriots have always had a great working relationship,” Kraft said. “We love how Cal McNair has handled this circumstance.”
Pelissero added that Caserio is under contract with the Patriots during the 2020 NFL Draft. The Texans, upon learning the facts of his deal, strove to engage in trade talks with New England to get Caserio but had been turned down, according to Pelissero.
Houston currently heads back to the drawing board to fulfill its vacancy. The club interviewed two candidates last weekend — former GMs Ray Farmer and Martin Mayhew.
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