Latest On Texans’, Panthers’ GM Search

We heard several weeks ago from Ian Rapoport of that the Texans, who tried but failed to hire Patriots exec Nick Caserio as their GM this spring, were planning to operate without a GM in 2020. But Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports hears differently.

La Canfora says the Texans remain interested in Caserio, who is still a desirable GM candidate. Indeed, La Canfora reported back in October that Houston was expected to hire Caserio in 2020, after his contract with New England is up, which is one of the reasons why Rapoport’s report from earlier this month was a bit of a surprise.

But if the Texans do hope to hire Caserio this offseason, they could face some competition from multiple clubs, including the Panthers. Per La Canfora, Panthers owner David Tepper wants to speak with several coaches and executives with ties to New England, and he was among those who reached out to former Patriots executive Jack Easterby last year.

Coincidentally, Easterby ultimately became Houston’s executive vice president of team development, but La Canfora says Tepper could pursue him and/or Caserio in 2020. Of course, the Panthers currently employ Marty Hurney as GM, and Hurney is a part of the team’s head coach search following Ron Rivera‘s recent firing. But Tepper wants to add multiple people to his front office, and Hurney’s role could change as a result.

One way or another, Caserio will almost certainly not return to New England, and he could have a number of options available to him. Indeed, Mike Garafolo of the NFL Network says that the team’s extension talks with Caserio have gone nowhere, and the Patriots are bracing for a number of defections from their front office (video link).

In related news, Tepper has officially sold his minority interest in the Steelers, as the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.

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  1. tank62

    Jason La Canfora hears differently
    Aka he’s making stuff up for attention again
    Dude is wrong more than any other reporter

  2. JJB0811

    Who really wants the Texans GM job? The HC has fired 2 GM’s already, & missing a ton of picks. Just doesn’t seem like a good franchise to go to for you 1st GM job.

    • traderumors

      Agree…Bill O’Brien cannot be trusted. He’ll do anything to save his job.

    • crosseyedlemon

      A job with the Texans is almost as good as a job with the Redskins. You get great tickets to see an elite baseball team play.

  3. GMB 883

    The real question is will Bill O’Brien still be the HC after this season? If the Texans do not win a playoff game or two, you would think his job would be in jeopardy.

  4. crazylarry

    Just because you are from New England doesn’t mean you are “ above” anyone else. The whole Patriots deal comes down to Belicheat and Brady. Look at how Scott Pioli left and couldn’t tie his shoes without them. Look at all the coaches that have flamed out. The B and B boys are the 2 headed monster there. Nobody else.

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