Nick Caserio, Texans union likely following offseason blip with Patriots
A union between the Houston Texans and Nick Caserio—despite Houston’s failed pursuit of him in the offseason—appears to be in the works.
According to Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports, “it remains very likely that Caserio joins that franchise in a prominent role in 2020.” Caserio, the Patriots personnel executive, is a free agent after the 2020 season, which most importantly extends through the 2020 NFL Draft.
Per La Canfora, “the odds of any extension between Caserio and the Patriots are beyond slim.”
Caserio has ties with Texans coach and interim general manager Bill O’Brien as well as executive vice president Jack Easterby. The three previously worked together in New England.
Several teams had pursued Caserio in the past, only to be rebuffed by the Patriots franchise or for him to decline an interview. However, according to La Canfora, Caserio is very interested in the Texans’ job.
After firing Brian Gaine following the 2019 NFL Draft, Houston made Caserio their top choice. However, they were unable to land him as the Patriots have him under contract and threatened to file tampering charges if they were to continue to pursue him.
Caserio has been with the Patriots since 2001 and has been the director of player personnel since 2008. He works closely with coach Bill Belichick and has been a central figure to New England’s dynastic run.
Caserio has been one of the NFL’s hottest general manager candidates for quite some time. New England’s adamance to keep him around proves how vital he is to their organization. However, it appears he is looking to be a decision-maker. Houston offers that. New England does not.