The Houston Texans started their interview process for their new general manager, opening with Green Bay Packers director of player of personnel, Brian Gutenkurst. However, before Gutenkurst could even sit down with Texans top brass, he decided to accept an offer to remain with the Packers organization as their general manager. The Texans received early word that they would not be able to interview Philadelphia Eagles vice president of player personnel Joe Douglas due to the Eagles being in the playoffs and the New England Patriots also declined to allow the Texans to interview both director of player personnel Nick Cesario and director of college scouting Monti Ossenfort due to the playoffs.
The NFL’s anti-tampering rules allow the Texans to swing back around and interview Douglas, Cesario, and Ossenfort when both the Eagles and Patriots seasons' are over, at which point the teams must allow the individuals to interview with the Texans if the candidates so choose.
There is some question on whether the Texans could extend their timeline out further after owner Bob McNair mentioned that late last week.
While the #Texans had interest in interviewing Will McClay, Cowboys VP/player personnel, as part of their search for a new GM, McClay is staying in Dallas and not taking part in the interview process— Mark Berman (@MarkBermanFox26) January 7, 2018
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