John McClain reports that the Texans have formally requested permission to interview Patriots executive Nick Caserio for their GM vacancy.
According to McClain, the Texans are still waiting to hear back from New England, but Caserio is believed to be their top choice to replace Brian Gaine.
Caserio has ties to HC Bill O’Brien from their time together with the Patriots.
The Texans have interviewed former Browns GM Ray Farmer and 49ers executive Martin Mayhew for the position.
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.