HOUSTON – The Houston Texans would hire New England Patriots personnel director Nick Caserio to be their next general manager, sources informed ESPN’s Adam Schafter on Tuesday.
Caserio was in Houston for the team interview earlier in the day. He flew back to New England Tuesday night, they leaked.
Caserio, 45, has been with the Patriots since 2008 as a personnel director and is one of the main characters on Bill Belichick’s task force in the personnel department. Since Caserio won the job, New England has won three Super Bowls.
This was the second time the Texans asked to speak to Caserio. In 2019, after Houston fired Brian Gaine as CEO, the organization asked for the interview. Patriots complained and Texans CEO Cal McNair noted that Houston would no longer pursue him.
In addition to Caserio, Texans has interviewed the analyst of ESPN and former executive Louis Riddick, Seattle Seahawks VP of Personnel Trent Kirchner, Pittsburgh Steelers VP of Business Administration Omar Khan and his own chief of staff, Matt Bazirgan.
After Gaine’s firing in June 2918, McNair decided not to hire a general manager and gave head coach Bill O’Brien the personnel decision. In January McNair promoted O’Brien to general manager.
At the job, O’Brien made franchise-altering trades, acquiring left tackle Laremy Tunsil and wide receiver Kenny Stills from the Miami Dolphins for a package that included two first-round NFL draft picks and one second-round pick. . That same day, he let go of quarterback Jadeveon Clowney to the Seattle Seahawks.
After the 2019 season, O’Brien traded All-Pro wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins to the Arizona Cardinals for running back David Johnson and a second-round pick.
After an 0-4 start to the 2020 season, McNair fired O’Brien and appointed Romeo Crennel as the team’s interim coach and also gave Easterby the responsibility of overseeing the staff.