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NFL Rumors: Texans not interested in hiring Patriots executive Nick Caserio after the season

NFL Rumors: Texans not interested in hiring Patriots executive Nick Caserio after the season

This offseason, the Houston Texans' pursuit of New England Patriots executive Nick Caserio was the root cause of some drama between the two teams. As the Texans tried to lure Caserio to Houston to become their next general manager, the Patriots filed tampering charges against their AFC rival and ultimately stopped their pursuit dead in its tracks.

However, though the tampering charges were considered to be "water under the bridge" by Bill Belichick, it was widely expected that the Texans would have renewed interest in Caserio following the season when his contract with the Patriots expires. It no longer appears that will be the case.

According to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport, the Texans are planning on sticking with the current structure they have in their front office. They're no longer interested in adding Caserio and will continue on with Bill O'Brien and Jack Easterby running things.

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.

Rapoport went on to detail the unique structure of the GM-less front office and seemed to indicate that the moves the Texans have pulled off in trading for Laremy Tunsil, Carlos Hyde, and Duke Johnson while trading away Jadeveon Clowney have solidified the notion that they want to keep the status quo in the front office. So, that would mean that Caserio wouldn't be part of the plans.

Of course, things could change for the Texans and it's possible that they could have a change of heart if Caserio becomes available, given the interest they showed in him last offseason. But if that interest has diminished, it could give the Patriots a better chance to keep him around.

That said, it's also possible that Caserio could be ready to move onto another front office when his contract expires. And certainly, if any team moves on from a high-ranking personnel man or GM, he could garner interest from them. So, if the Patriots want to keep him around, they'll still have work to do.

Either way, Caserio's status moving forward will remain a source of intrigue, whether it's related to the Texans or not. The Patriots still have a big decision to make about his future.

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Next Pats Podcast: Will Patriots go mobile at QB if Tom Brady leaves?

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Next Pats Podcast: Will Patriots go mobile at QB if Tom Brady leaves?

There's one big question that New England Patriots are facing this offseason. Who is going to be their starting quarterback in 2020?

For the past 20 seasons, the team hasn't really had questions at the position. It has always been Tom Brady's job. But with the 42-year-old set to hit free agency, the Patriots can't necessarily count on him returning unless they want to pay him what he's worth.

So, now the question for the Patriots becomes, what will life look like if Brady departs?

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On the latest episode of The Next Pats Podcast, which returns for its first episode of the 2020 offseason, Phil Perry is here to explore that question. And really what it all boils down to is what the Patriots are looking for in a potential successor.

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As Perry notes, it's likely to be one of two types of quarterback: The traditional pocket passer or a more mobile athlete in the mold of some of the recent success stories at the position.

Do the Patriots look for the next Brady? Uber-accurate, somebody who's going to sit in the pocket and absolutely dissect every little aspect of the defense that he is looking at. Or, do they go a different route? Do they go with an athlete? Do they get more mobile? Because talking to people this offseason, I'm getting a whiff -- I'm getting a scent that people believe the pocket passer might be dead.

Perry is joined by guests including Pro Football Focus' Steve Palazzolo, Greg Cosell of ESPN and NFL Films, and NFL Network's Kurt Warner to answer questions about Brady's future and what his game has looked like in recent seasons.

For more thoughts about the Patriots offseason, check out the latest episode of the Next Pats Podcast, available as part of the NBC Sports Boston Podcast Network.

David Ortiz says leaving Patriots wouldn't impact Tom Brady's legacy

David Ortiz says leaving Patriots wouldn't impact Tom Brady's legacy

Over the past 20 years, Tom Brady has established himself as one of the greatest and most beloved athletes in Boston sports history.

But if Brady leaves New England for a new team in free agency this offseason, would that leave a stain on his Patriots legacy? Fellow Boston sports legend David Ortiz doesn't believe so.

The former Red Sox slugger recently spoke with Rob Bradford of WEEI.com about Brady's impending free agency. According to Ortiz, leaving Foxboro behind ahead of his age-43 season won't take away from anything Brady has accomplished with the Pats in the past two decades.

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"His legacy has already been built. It’s always there," Ortiz told Bradford. "That’s not the problem. His problem is not going to be legacy. He could go and play somewhere else for the next 10 years when he returns to New England his legacy is going to be there.

"It’s a good thing to do but you also have to look at your options. I hope he stays with the Patriots, but it’s not up to what I say. It’s his decision. Sometimes an offer at home might be a couple of million less than what you could get on the road. It’s up to you whether you think it’s worth it."

Brady will officially become an unrestricted free agent if he and Patriots don't agree to a contract extension by March 18. Several teams are expected to be in the mix to sign the six-time Super Bowl champion, with the Tennessee Titans and Las Vegas Raiders as two of the most likely destinations.

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