The club officially announced on Thursday that Nick Caserio, the New England Patriots' director of player personnel, is the Texans' new general manager.
While terms of the deal with the Texans were not disclosed by the team, ESPN's Adam Schefter reports Caserio will be among the three highest-paid GMs in the league with his six-year deal.
Texans gave new GM Nick Caserio a six-year contract that makes him one of the three highest-paid GMs in the league, per source.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) January 7, 2021
An introductory news conference via Zoom is being planned for Friday.
Schefter reported earlier in the week that Caserio was in Houston to interview with the team.
Caserio, 45, has served as Patriots director of player personnel since 2008 and works alongside coach Bill Belichick as the highest-ranked staffer in the personnel department. Since he earned that role, New England has won three Super Bowls.
This was the second time the Texans have requested to speak with Caserio. In 2019, after Houston fired general manager Brian Gaine, Houston requested to interview Caserio. After the Patriots filed tampering charges, Texans CEO Cal McNair said Houston would no longer pursue Caserio.
Caserio has a relationship with Texans executive vice president of football operations Jack Easterby, who spent six seasons as the Patriots' character coach before he was hired by Houston in 2019.
"He's unbelievable," Texans wide receiver Brandin Cooks said about Caserio. "He's a special dude. ... Playing with him in New England for that year -- just the guy that he is, there's no ego. He's all about helping the team in whatever he can."
Along with Caserio, the Texans interviewed ESPN analyst and former front-office executive Louis Riddick, Seahawks vice president of player personnel Trent Kirchner, Steelers vice president of football and business administration Omar Khan and Texans director of player personnel Matt Bazirgan.
After the Texans fired Gaine in June 2019, McNair ultimately elected not to hire a general manager, giving former head coach Bill O'Brien more say over personnel matters. The following January, McNair promoted O'Brien to general manager.
As general manager, O'Brien made franchise-altering trades, acquiring left tackle Laremy Tunsil and wide receiver Kenny Stills from the Miami Dolphins for a package that included two first-round NFL draft picks and a second-round pick. That same day, he dealt pass-rusher Jadeveon Clowney to the Seattle Seahawks.
After the 2019 season, O'Brien traded All-Pro wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins to the Arizona Cardinals for running back David Johnson and a second-round pick.
After an 0-4 start to the 2020 season, McNair fired O'Brien and named Romeo Crennel the team's interim coach, and gave Easterby the responsibility of overseeing personnel.
ESPN contributed to this report.