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Nick Caserio of Patriots’ front office could be in the mix for Texans’ newly-vacant GM position

Nick Caserio

The Houston Texans may have a plan in place after abruptly dismissing general manager Brian Gaine on Thursday after all. According to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport and Tom Pelissero, the Texans are expected to have interest in New England Patriots executive Nick Caserio, who they interviewed before hiring Gaine last year, to be the team’s new general manager.

Caserio, 43, has been the Patriots’ director of player personnel since 2008. His first job in an NFL front office came in 2001, when New England hired him as a personnel assistant. He’s held multiple roles in the organization since, including two on the coaching staff – first as an offensive assistant in 2002, and five years later as the team’s wide receivers coach before reverting back to the front office.

The Texans relieved Gaine of his duties on Friday. He signed a five-year deal with Houston in January 2018 following longtime general manager Rick Smith taking a leave of absence. In a statement, owner Bob McNair thanked Gaine for his service, acknowledging the awkward timing of his ouster while insisting the team came to the decision after much deliberation.

During his lone season as the Texans’ prime decision-maker, they went 11-5 and won the AFC South before losing to the Indianapolis Colts at home in the first round of the playoffs. However, many have criticized Houston’s reluctance to take advantage of star quarterback DeShaun Watson playing on a rookie contract, insisting the Texans should have made the type of aggressive win-now moves both this offseason and last that are normally reserved for Super Bowl contenders.