Texans hire Gaine as GM, give extension to O'Brien

Aubrey Yates
January 13, 2018

HOUSTON (SPORTSRADIO 610) - The Houston Texans have extended head coach Bill O'Brien with a five-year deal and signed their new General Manager Brian Gaine to a five-year contract according to ESPN's Adam Schefter.

Gaine spent the 2017 season as the Buffalo Bills' vice president of player personnel. He previously worked with the Texans from 2014-2016 as director of pro personnel and later director of player personnel, giving him familiarity with both O'Brien and Houston's roster.

Still, the Texans remain loaded with talent despite coming off a 4-12 season that was derailed by injuries after back-to-back years atop the AFC South. He returns to replace Rick Smith who took a leave of absence from the team to help his family while his wife battles breast cancer. The team lost standout rookie quarterback Deshaun Watson to a torn ACL, while defensive lineman J.J. Watt and linebacker Whitney Mercilus were also sidelined. However, Smith will retain the title of executive vice president as Gaine takes over duties as GM.

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Gaine's extensive experience includes working in scouting and personnel since 1999. "We couldn't be more excited about naming him our new general manager". Last week, O'Brien said Gaine was "a very bright guy, works very hard, cares about this league [and] cares about football". However, with O'Brien's future secure and a new GM with familiarity with the team in place, the Texans should be in good shape moving forward.

A year ago, some believed O'Brien wanted out.

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