Ian Rapoport is now reporting that the Texans and Nick Caserio have reached an agreement for him to become their next general manager.
- Adam Schefter reports that Caserio receives a six-year contract from the Texans that makes him one of the three highest-paid GMs in the league.
- Aaron Wilson adds that Caserio will average $6 million per year as part of this deal.
Ian Rapoport is reporting that the Texans have “zeroed in” on Patriots player personnel director Nick Caserio as the team’s next general manager.
- According to Dan Graziano, the Texans are “close” to a deal to make Caserio their next general manager. No deal is done as of now, but the expectation is that an agreement will be finalized.
- John McClain of the Houston Chronicle reported earlier that the Texans were expected to hire Caserio.
Last year, the Texans made a run at hiring Caserio, who has ties to Jack Easterby, as their GM. However, the Patriots ultimately prevented that from happening and Houston opted to head into the season with Bill O’Brien in place as their head coach/general manager.
Some of the other candidates who interviewed with the Texans include:
- ESPN analyst Louis Riddick
- Texans director of personnel Matt Bazirgan
- Bills director of pro personnel Malik Boyd
- Seahawks VP of player personnel Trent Kirchner
- Steelers VP of football and business administration Omar Khan
Mike Garafolo reports that these candidates were on the list search firm Korn Ferry presented to the Texans, but not Caserio, which further implies that Easterby had a say in this hire.
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.
Caserio’s contract was set to expire this spring before his two-year extension. The deal includes language to prevent the Patriots from blocking him from another job opportunity.