Last week, around this time, Brian Gaine was fired. Today was the day the Texans expected to have a new general manager in place. Houston interviewed Martin Mayhew and Ray Farmer, and then turned their attention to the guy they really wanted, Patriots Director of Player Personnel Nick Caserio. The Patriots, not wanting Caserio to leave New England, filed tampering charges against Houston because the Texans may have reached out to Caserio before the general manager position was open.
These charges have now been dropped because the Texans are no longer pursuing Caserio, as reported by John McClain.
Texans withdrawing pursuit of Caserio. Pats dropping tampering charges.— John McClain (@McClain_on_NFL) June 14, 2019
Apparently, Caserio has a clause in his contract that prohibits him from interviewing with other teams.
Seems Nick Caserio has a clause in his contract that says he can’t interview with other teams. If so, I hope he got millions for that clause.— John McClain (@McClain_on_NFL) June 14, 2019
Now what? That’s the next question. I really don’t know what. Houston may pursue New England’s Director of College Scouting, Monti Ossenfort, or former Patriots/Chiefs/Falcons Scott Pioli, or recently-ruined-by-Jon-Gruden Reggie McKenzie. Really, who knows? All we know is the Texans’ first option is no longer an option.
UPDATE: Apparently, Caserio was the Texans’ only option, the only man they wanted. They will now not even pursue hiring a general manager. Instead Bill O’Brien and Jack Easterby will team up and run the team’s scouting department this season.