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Texans drop pursuit of Pats’ Caserio for GM job

HOUSTON — The Houston Texans will no longer pursue New England Patriots director of player personnel Nick Caserio for their open general manager position, the team announced Friday.

“When we started the process to interview Nick Caserio for our EVP/GM position, we consulted the League office on numerous occasions, followed the procedures outlined in the League’s rules and believed we were in full compliance,” CEO Cal McNair said in a statement. “We have now been made aware of certain terms in Nick’s contract with the Patriots. Once we were made aware of these contract terms, I advised Mr. Kraft that we would stop pursuing Nick.”

According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, the Patriots have now dropped the tampering charges they filed on Wednesday against the Texans for the attempted hire of Caserio.

The Texans fired general manager Brian Gaine on June 7, just one day after the Patriots’ Super Bowl ring ceremony. Texans executive vice president of team development Jack Easterby and Caserio were both in attendance.

Houston has interviewed former Browns general manager Ray Farmer and 49ers vice president of player personnel Martin Mayhew for the position. Until the Texans hire Gaine’s replacement, Houston’s football operations will be led by Chris Olsen, the team’s senior vice president of football administration.

With Houston dropping its pursuit of Caserio, a source tells Schefter that there now is a scenario under which the Texans will go this season without an official general manager. For less than a year, head coach Bill O’Brien, Easterby and the scouting dept could divvy up the duties.

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