Texans Likely To Pursue Ozzie Newsome For GM Role

The Houston Texans are apparently looking to make a splash with their next general manager, and it would be difficult to find a bigger name than Ozzie Newsome.

And per Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports, Newsome is indeed among the names on the Texans’ radar.

Newsome, 64, has served as the top executive with the Baltimore Ravens since 1996 and has built the Ravens into a consistent contender. Why he would want to leave the Ravens to try to save a new franchise … well, that is hard to say. But if you’re the Texans, it never hurts to ask.

“While some who know Newsome well believe he would never leave Baltimore, and if anything will one day take over a role in the athletic department of some sort at his beloved University of Alabama, sources said Houston’s interest is real,” La Canfora reported.

The Texans fired Bill O’Brien after an 0-4 start, and O’Brien served as both coach and GM. So now they have two important spots to fill.

Newsome is a Hall of Fame tight end and became the NFL’s first African-American GM in 1992. As posted to OutKick earlier, the Texans have already interviewed former Cincinnati Bengals coach Marvin Lewis. Newsome and Lewis have “deep ties,” per La Canfora.

Bottom line: Newsome leaving a great organization such as the Ravens for anyone seems extremely unlikely. But hey, the Texans are allowed to dream.

Written by Sam Amico

Sam Amico spent 15 years covering the NBA for Sports Illustrated, FOX Sports and NBA.com, along with a few other spots, and currently runs his own basketball website on the side, FortyEightMinutes.com.

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