The Houston Texans’ look for a new general manager carries on, and they are no longer considering a certain Patriots exec to fill the emptiness.
The team 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 fired last Friday.
“When we started the procedure to interview Nick Caserio to our EVP/GM place, we consulted that the League office on several occasions, followed the procedures outlined at the League’s rules and thought we had been in full compliance,” Texans chairman and CEO Cal McNair said in a statement. “We’ve been made aware of particular terms in Nick’s contract with the Patriots. Once we were made aware of these contract provisions, I informed Mr. [Bob] Kraft which we’d quit pursuing Nick.”
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The change of course comes only 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 also released 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 love how Cal McNair has handled this situation.”
Pelissero added that Caserio is under contract with the Patriots during the 2020 NFL Draft. The Texans, upon studying the details of his deal, tried to take part in trade talks with New England to get Caserio but had been turned down, based on Pelissero.
Houston currently 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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