The Texans did an about-face. They are no longer in pursuit of Nick Caserio for their general manager’s post.
The club announced Friday they were halting their efforts to snare the Patriots director of player personnel for the post after they had formally requested an interview with Caserio on Monday, this coming shortly after firing GM Brian Gaine last week.
The request was met by an angry response by the Patriots, who countered by filing tampering charges against the Texans for their attempted hire, with suggestions of conversations taking place last Thursday at the home of Patriots owner Robert Kraft prior to any formal request. Former Pats character coach Jack Easterby, hired by the Texans during the offseason to the position of executive vice president of team development, was present at the party.
Why the change of heart?
Texans chairman and CEO Cal McNair released the following statement:
“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. 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 informed Mr. Kraft that we would stop pursuing Nick.”
With the Texans no longer interested in Caserio, the Patriots also reportedly withdrew the tampering charges.
Patriots chairman and CEO Robert Kraft also released 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.”
Having Caserio remain with the team is a plus for Kraft, Bill Belichick and the Patriots given all the turnover in the coaching staff this year, not to mention all the duties Caserio performs, and performs admirably.
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