The Houston Texans’ look for a new general manager continues, and they are no longer considering a certain Patriots exec to fill the void.
The team announced Friday it has ceased 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 fired last Friday.
“When we started the procedure to interview Nick Caserio for our EVP/GM position, we consulted that the League office on numerous occasions, followed the procedures outlined at the League’s principles and thought we were 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 terms, I advised Mr. [Bob] Kraft that we would stop chasing Nick.”
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The change of course comes only a couple of days after the Patriots filed tampering charges against the Texans for attempting to employ Caserio. On Friday, New England dropped the charges in the Aftermath of Houston waiving the white flag, NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero reported, per a source.
Patriots owner Bob Kraft published a statement suggesting all is well between both organizations.
“The Houston Texans and the New England Patriots have always had a great working relationship,” Kraft said. “We appreciate 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 details of his bargain, strove to engage in trade discussions with New England for Caserio but were turned down, according to Pelissero.
Houston now heads back to the drawing board to fill its vacancy. The club interviewed two candidates last weekend — former GMs Ray Farmer and Martin Mayhew.
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