Texans reportedly not backing down in pursuit of Nick Caserio
The Houston Texans are trying to hire New England Patriots Director of Player Personnel Nick Caserio to be their next general manager, and they are not going to be intimidated by their AFC rival filing tampering charges.
According to Ian Rapoport of NFL Media, the Texans are “digging in” with their pursuit of Caserio.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) June 13, 2019
“The Texans are digging in. They are not giving in — they are digging in,” Rapoport said. “They are not abandoning their pursuit of Caserio. They still want him, so expect this to be ongoing.”
Rapoport added that the issue could potentially be resolved with draft pick compensation, as it seems unlikely that Caserio would want to return to the Patriots after they filed tampering charges against a team that is trying to hire him. He adds that the Patriots still have leverage since Caserio is under contract with them, so the Texans may decide to just give up a draft pick so they can move forward.
The Texans announced last week that they have fired former GM Brian Gaines after just one season with the team. Reports immediately linked Caserio to the job, and the tampering charge may stem from something that happened at the Super Bowl ring ceremony held at Robert Kraft’s house last week.
Caserio has been with the Patriots since 2001 and has helped build the rosters of all six of New England’s championship teams. It’s no surprise they want to do everything they can to keep him, but this seems like the end of the lengthy relationship.