Ian Rapoport and Tom Pelissero are reporting that the Texans are expected to place a request with the Patriots to interview de facto GM Nick Caserio for their GM vacancy.
Houston actually attempted to interview Caserio last year before they hired Brian Gaine, but the Patriots denied them permission.
Caserio has ties to HC Bill O’Brien from their time together with the Patriots.
Other speculative options mentioned since the news of Gaine being fired surfaced include Joe Douglas (Eagles), Monti Ossenfort (Patriots), Trent Kirchner (Seahawks) and Scott Pioli.
Caserio, 43, got into coaching back in 1999 as a graduate assistant at Saginaw Valley State. He spent three years coaching in college before the Patriots hired him as an offensive coaching assistant in 2002.
Caserio later took a personnel assistant job and worked his way up to director of player personnel in 2008 and has remained in the position ever since.
We’ll have more regarding the Texans’ GM search as the news is available.