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Is Nick Caserio eager to leave Patriots for Texans?

Nick Caserio

A brief but unusual saga saw the Houston Texans deterred in their efforts to hire New England Patriots director of player personnel Nick Caserio as their new general manager, but the story may be just beginning.

Ben Volin of the Boston Globe wrote Monday that all signs are pointing toward Caserio wanting to leave New England for the Houston job at some point, even if not now. He suggests that, while the Texans’ job would have been a lateral move at best, the Patriots had to file tampering charges to keep him from departing.

Volin notes that Caserio’s contract runs through the 2020 NFL Draft. After that, “every sign” points to Caserio refusing to re-sign and instead depart to become general manager of the Texans.

Houston dropped their pursuit of Caserio when the Patriots filed tampering charges, and have decided against hiring a general manager. That may well be because they know that if they wait it out, Caserio will be theirs next summer, and there’s nothing New England can do about it. It’s not guaranteed, but it certainly isn’t illogical.

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