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The Texans won’t be plucking away one of the top personnel men from the Patriots, after all
After New England filed a tampering charge against the Texans over Houston’s pursuit of Nick Caserio for the team’s open general manager role on Wednesday, Houston informed Patriots owner Robert Kraft on Friday that it would focus on other candidates.
“When we started the process to interview Nick Caserio for our EVP/GM position, we consulted the League office on numerous occasions, followed the procedures outlined in the League’s rules and believed we were in full compliance,” Texans chairman and CEO Cal McNair said Friday in statement. “We have now been made aware of certain terms in Nick’s contract with the Patriots. Once we were made aware of these contract terms, I advised Mr. Kraft that we would stop pursuing Nick.”
Said Kraft in a statement: “The Houston Texans and the New England Patriots have always had a great working relationship. We appreciate the way Cal McNair has handled this situation.”
Houston fired former general manager Brian Gaine on June 7, one day after the Patriots held their Super Bowl ring ceremony at Kraft’s house.
Gaine had completed just his first season in his role with the Texans after they hired him in January 2018 when former general manager Rick Smith announced he would take a leave from his role to support and assist his wife as she underwent cancer treatments.
The NFL’s anti-tampering policy defines tampering as “any interference by a member club with the employer-employee relationship of another club or any attempt by a club to impermissibly induce a person to seek employment with that club or with the NFL.”
In April, the Texans hired former Patriots character coach Jack Easterby as their executive vice president of team development. Additionally, head coach Bill O’Brien and defensive coordinator Romeo Crennel also have experience as assistants with the Patriots.
Now, however, Houston must start over on its search to hire Gaine’s replacement.
The Texans concluded their offseason workout program this week and are set to begin training camp July 25.
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