The Houston Texans have been hot on the trail of New England Patriots director of player personnel Nick Caserio for quite some time, and finally it looks like they have landed their guy to be the team’s new general manager.
Adam Schefter of ESPN reports that Caserio is set to join Houston, leaving the Patriots franchise of which he’s been a part since the 2002 season.
Caserio spoke with the Texans about the opening on Tuesday, and flew back to New England on Tuesday night to inform the Patriots that he was leaving.
The 45-year-old was on the Texans’ list as a possible candidate for the GM job back in 2019, but the team ultimately gave it to former coach Bill O’Brien, who was fired during the 2020 season.
Caserio has a strong relationship with Texans executive VP/Football Operations Jack Easterby, whom he worked with in New England before Easterby joined Houston.
The move to land Caserio appears to check all the boxes for Houston, who will likely have a very active offseason after a 4-12 mark in 2020.
The team has to decide if they are going to look to trade or release popular defensive stud J.J. Watt, who is entering the last year of his $100 million dollar contract. They will also need to hire a new coach, a task that Caserio will impact directly.
Though they finished third in the AFC South in 2020, the Texans won the division the two years prior, going 10-6 and 11-5. They fell to the Kansas City Chiefs in the divisional round last season, a wild game in which they led 24-0 at one point. The year before, they lost 21-7 to the Colts at home in the Wild Card round.