Here’s what Nick Caserio said about leaving Patriots for the Texans GM job

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Nick Caserio is leaving the New England Patriots for the Houston Texans general manager opening, the team confirmed on Thursday. Caserio released a statement to share his thoughts on spending 20 years in New England, where he rose to role of director of pro personnel, the top spot in the front office below Bill Belichick.

“On behalf of my wife Kathleen and our entire family, I’m very humbled and honored by this opportunity to be the general manager of the Houston Texans,” Caserio said in a statement. “We would like to thank Janice, Cal and Hannah McNair for their belief in us that we can build something special that embraces the accomplishments of the past and accepts the challenges in front of us in our desire to be best. This moment would not be possible without the support and guidance of those that have invested in me personally and professionally.

“We are forever grateful to the Kraft Family, Bill Belichick as well as the entire New England Patriots organization that has blessed our family in ways we can never repay. Our goal now is to serve the Texans organization and the Houston community by putting together a team that we all can be proud of on and off the field.”

Caserio started with the Patriots in 2001 as a personnel assistant and held a number of titles, including a one-year stint as a coach (receivers coach in 2007), before landing in the role he’s leaving behind, director of player personnel. The Texans showed interested in interviewing and hiring Caserio in 2019, but the Patriots filed tampering charges against Houston, which ended conversations between Caserio and the Texans — until this offseason.

Patriots assistant director of player personnel Dave Ziegler seems to be the next executive in line to replace Caserio.