The Houston Texans have retained the services of a professional search firm to help find Rick Smith’s replacement as the team’s general manager.
Smith is stepping away on an indefinite leave of absence to help his wife battle cancer and will miss at least the 2018 NFL season.
The #Texans have hired a search firm and are going through the process of hiring a GM to replace Rick Smith, sources say. External names expected to receive interest: Nick Caserio & Monti Ossenfort (#Patriots), Brian Gaine (#Bills), and Brian Gutekunst (#Packers).— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) January 2, 2018
In his emotional New Year’s Day address to the press, Smith indicated he would be amenable to giving up GM duties in the long-term but will not surrender his title of vice president of football operations.
Brian Gaine is the only candidate with direct ties to the Texans, but his are quite strong. He worked under Smith in the team’s personnel department for three seasons before moving onto the Bills last winter.
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