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Sep 9, 2018; Foxborough, MA: Houston Texans head coach Bill O’Brien watches from the sideline as they take on the New England Patriots in the second quarter at Gillette Stadium. (David Butler II/USA TODAY Sports)

98.5 The Sports Hub staff report

The Texans will not pursue Patriots director of player personnel Nick Caserio as their next general manager at the conclusion of the 2019 NFL season, according to the NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport. In fact, per Rapoport, the Texans won’t pursue anybody at all for their still-vacant general manager gig.

From Rapoport:

Sources say that the Texans plan to continue this offseason and beyond with their current personnel structure rather than hire a true general manager in title. Coach Bill O’Brien has final say, though he essentially works with the team’s executive VP of team development Jack Easterby to be in charge of football operations.

This development is certainly worth noting, as the Texans reportedly tried to lure Caserio away from New England last summer, which prompted tampering charges from the Patriots. That led to the Texans ultimately walking away from their pursuit of Caserio, and with Belichick calling the ordeal “water under the bridge” when asked about it a month later.

Caserio, for what it’s worth, opted not to discuss the reported offer from the Texans during his training camp media availability, and instead professed his love for his job with the Patriots.

“I’d say I’m pretty honored and privileged to be in the position I’m in, to work for this organization [in New England],” Caserio said in July when asked about the Texans. “I’m thankful for the opportunity that I have each day to come to work and come into this building. We’ve got a lot of great people. I’m fortunate and honored to work with Bill [Belichick] on a day-to-day basis and a lot of other people in this organization.”

And while it will not be in Houston, the Caserio situation will certainly be worth watching, as the longtime New England executive’s contract is set to expire at the conclusion of this season.

The 43-year-old Caserio, who has been with the Patriots organization since 2001, has held his current role with the team since 2008.

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