Published: Sun, January 14, 2018
Worldwide | By Isabel Fisher

Texans to hire Bills exec Brian Gaine as GM

Texans to hire Bills exec Brian Gaine as GM

After only one season with the Buffalo Bills, Brian Gaine is returning to the Houston Texans to become their new general manager, according to NFL Media's Ian Rapoport.

The Texans are also expected to extend the contract of head coach Bill O'Brien, meaning Gaine will not be picking his own coach to start.

The Texans had seven possible candidates on their original list: Gaine, Raye, Gutekunst, Philadelphia vice president of player personnel Joe Douglas, New England director of player personnel Nick Caserio, Patriots' director of college scouting Monti Ossenfort and Dallas vice president of player personnel Will McClay.

The favorite in this race, likely due to his experience as a high-ranking executive with the franchise, Gaine will step in for Rick Smith.

Gaine's familiarity with Houston helped him land the job after spending 2014-16 with the team as the director of player personnel, in charge of supervising all pro player evaluations, scouting processes and transactional movement across the league. This week's Texans interview will finally produce a GM opportunity for Gaine.

Gaine is a Bill Parcells protégé who worked with the Hall of Fame coach/general manager with the Jets, Cowboys and Dolphins. Houston does not have a pick in the first round of this year's draft because of a draft-day trade last year with the Browns that allowed the Texans to select Watson with the No. 12 pick.

This past season, the Texans were well out of the playoffs with a 4-12 record.

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