The Houston Texans landed their new general manager in Brian Gaine but only after being denied the opportunity to interview key football operations executives from both the Philadelphia Eagles and New England Patriots.
Eagles vice president of player personnel Joe Douglas, who is held in high regard by Eagles general manager Howie Roseman, was a candidate in particular with whom the Texans were looking to speak. Douglas brought in Alshon Jeffey and Timmy Jernigan, both of whom Douglas knew from previous stops. He was also instrumental in selecting Derek Barnett as the Eagles first round selection in the 2017 NFL Draft. The Eagles denied the request from the Texans to interview Douglas for their general manager vacancy and Roseman explained why.
"We were during the season," Roseman said to NJ.com. "I think that the way the league rules are, that during the season, it's not expected that you'd allow people to interview with other teams. That's the way the rules are written. We're going to abide by the rules that are written.”
The Eagles were able to hold onto one of their most coveted personnel men in Philadelphia for at least another season due to those rules. Douglas has been lauded for his work in helping put together a talented roster through the draft, trades, and free agency acquisitions.
"Joe's a valuable part of our organization. We love having him in Philadelphia. But, again, during the season we're going to focus on playing."
Their jaunt into the post-season saved the Eagles from potentially losing Douglas but also left the Texans with one less candidate to meet before hiring Gaine as the new general manager.
Texans Add Another
General manager Brian Gaine added the second player of his tenure by signing nose tackle Darius Kilgo to a futures/reserve contract. Kilgo gives the Texans another big run stopper at nose tackle who the team can examine to see his potential in person. Kilgo did not make it two full seasons with the Denver Broncos who drafted him and ended up on the practice squad of the New England Patriots.
This is a signing for both the 90-man roster and to see whether Kilgo can give any type of look on untapped potential.
Former Texans secondary coach John Butler has landed with the Buffalo Bills as their secondary coach. Butler was high school teammates with Bills head coach Sean McDermott.
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