After a very strange courtship, the Houston Texans have sealed the deal with their preferred general manager, former New England director of player personnel Nick Caserio.
A quick, rough timeline of events:
- The Patriots hire Caserio in 2008. From then until now, he is the most powerful person in the organization except for Bill Belichick.
- In 2019, the Texans fired then-GM Brian Gaine. They attempted to interview Caserio for the opening but the Patriots filed tampering charges. Houston announced they would not pursue Caserio and instead went through the season without a GM, then added the GM title and role to head coach Bill O'Brien's duties in January of 2020. At the same time, Jack Easterby was promoted from executive vice-president of team development to executive vice president of football operations. Easterby is later rumored to the author of the trade that sent DeAndre Hopkins to Arizona for a song.
- O'Brien is fired in October of 2020 with Romeo Crennel taking over as interim head coach and the GM position being open until now.
- The Texans pay hundreds of thousands of dollars to a consulting firm to recommend GM candidates ... then ignore those results and hire Caserio, Easterby's old buddy from New England ... and they are paying him handsomely.
Texans gave new GM Nick Caserio a six-year contract that makes him one of the three highest-paid GMs in the league, per source.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) January 7, 2021
The entire process has not been viewed kindly by the Houston Texans fanbase.