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Source — Bucs finalizing one-year deal with Suh

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Defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers are finalizing a one-year deal, a source tells ESPN’s Adam Schefter.

Suh would replace Gerald McCoy, who was released by the Buccaneers on Monday. Suh (second) and McCoy (third) were taken with consecutive picks in the first round of the 2010 NFL draft.

Suh was interested in playing for Tampa’s new defensive coordinator Todd Bowles, the source said.

Bucs head coach Bruce Arians was asked about Suh earlier on Tuesday.

“I can’t talk about him. He’s not on my team,” Arians said.

After being reminded that Suh is a free agent and he can talk about him without fear of tampering violations, Arians said: “He’s a hell of a player, so we’ll see.”

McCoy, 31, a six-time Pro Bowler and arguably the Bucs’ most visible player over the past nine seasons on and off the field, had been a no-show for the Bucs’ offseason program that began last month.

The source of contention was McCoy’s $13 million salary in 2019, none of which was guaranteed. He had three years currently remaining on his deal, which would have kept him with the team through 2021.

The Los Angeles Rams signed Suh to a one-year contract worth $14 million last March following his release from the Miami Dolphins. Suh chose the Rams among several suitors, including the New Orleans Saints, Tennessee Titans and Oakland Raiders, and said he made his decision, in part, because of the Rams’ immediate ability to make a playoff run.

Playing alongside two-time NFL Defensive Player of the Year Aaron Donald, Suh did not make a significant impact until the playoffs. He finished the regular season with 4.5 sacks, four pass deflections and two fumble recoveries.

But the 6-foot-4, 305-pound defensive tackle was dominant in helping to shut down running back Ezekiel Elliott in a divisional-round win over the Dallas Cowboys and continued to prove his worth in a victory over the New Orleans Saints in the NFC Championship Game, when he had 1.5 sacks and four tackles.

Suh, 32, was selected second overall by the Detroit Lions in 2010. He played five seasons in Detroit and was named a four-time Pro Bowl selection and three-time All Pro.

In 2015, Suh signed a six-year, $114 million contract, with $60 million guaranteed, with the Miami Dolphins to become the highest-paid defensive player in NFL history. In three seasons with the Dolphins, Suh recorded 15.5 sacks and forced two fumbles.

Suh has 56 career sacks and in nine seasons has missed only two starts, both in 2011, when the NFL suspended him two games for on-field conduct.

ESPN’s Jenna Laine and Lindsey Thiry contributed to this report.

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Pats drop grievance as Texans move on

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HOUSTON — The Houston Texans will no longer pursue New England Patriots director of player personnel Nick Caserio for their general manager position, the team announced Friday.

As a result, the Patriots dropped the tampering charges they filed on Wednesday against the Texans for the attempted hire of Caserio, sources told ESPN’s Adam Schefter. On Wednesday, sources said that the Texans had requested permission to interview Caserio for their GM job but had not been granted permission at that time.

“When we started the process to interview Nick Caserio for our EVP/GM position, we consulted the League office on numerous occasions, followed the procedures outlined in the League’s rules and believed we were in full compliance,” Texans CEO Cal McNair said in a statement. “We have now been made aware of certain terms in Nick’s contract with the Patriots. Once we were made aware of these contract terms, I advised Mr. [Robert] Kraft that we would stop pursuing Nick.”

Kraft alluded to a resolution between the teams in his statement, saying: “The Houston Texans and the New England Patriots have always had a great working relationship. We appreciate the way Cal McNair has handled this situation.”

The Texans fired general manager Brian Gaine on June 7, just one day after the Patriots’ Super Bowl ring ceremony. Caserio and Jack Easterby, the Texans’ new executive vice president of team development, were both at the ceremony.

Houston has interviewed former Browns general manager Ray Farmer and 49ers vice president of player personnel Martin Mayhew for the GM position. Until the Texans hire Gaine’s replacement, Houston’s football operations will be led by Chris Olsen, the team’s senior vice president of football administration.

With Houston dropping its pursuit of Caserio, a source told Schefter there is a scenario in which the Texans will go this season without an official general manager. For less than a year, head coach Bill O’Brien, Easterby and the scouting department could divvy up the duties.

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Pats drop tampering charge as Texans move on

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HOUSTON — The Houston Texans will no longer pursue New England Patriots director of player personnel Nick Caserio for their general manager position, the team announced Friday.

As a result, the Patriots dropped the tampering charges they filed on Wednesday against the Texans for the attempted hire of Caserio.

“When we started the process to interview Nick Caserio for our EVP/GM position, we consulted the League office on numerous occasions, followed the procedures outlined in the League’s rules and believed we were in full compliance,” Texans CEO Cal McNair said in a statement. “We have now been made aware of certain terms in Nick’s contract with the Patriots. Once we were made aware of these contract terms, I advised Mr. [Robert] Kraft that we would stop pursuing Nick.”

Kraft alluded to a resolution between the teams in his statement, saying: “The Houston Texans and the New England Patriots have always had a great working relationship. We appreciate the way Cal McNair has handled this situation.”

The Texans fired general manager Brian Gaine on June 7, just one day after the Patriots’ Super Bowl ring ceremony. Caserio and Jack Easterby, the Texans’ new executive vice president of team development, were both at the ceremony.

Houston has interviewed former Browns general manager Ray Farmer and 49ers vice president of player personnel Martin Mayhew for the GM position. Until the Texans hire Gaine’s replacement, Houston’s football operations will be led by Chris Olsen, the team’s senior vice president of football administration.

With Houston dropping its pursuit of Caserio, a source tells Schefter there now is a scenario in which the Texans will go this season without an official general manager. For less than a year, head coach Bill O’Brien, Easterby and the scouting department could divvy up the duties.

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Texans drop pursuit of Pats’ Caserio for GM job

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HOUSTON — The Houston Texans will no longer pursue New England Patriots director of player personnel Nick Caserio for their open general manager position, the team announced Friday.

“When we started the process to interview Nick Caserio for our EVP/GM position, we consulted the League office on numerous occasions, followed the procedures outlined in the League’s rules and believed we were in full compliance,” CEO Cal McNair said in a statement. “We have now been made aware of certain terms in Nick’s contract with the Patriots. Once we were made aware of these contract terms, I advised Mr. Kraft that we would stop pursuing Nick.”

According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, the Patriots have now dropped the tampering charges they filed on Wednesday against the Texans for the attempted hire of Caserio.

The Texans fired general manager Brian Gaine on June 7, just one day after the Patriots’ Super Bowl ring ceremony. Texans executive vice president of team development Jack Easterby and Caserio were both in attendance.

Houston has interviewed former Browns general manager Ray Farmer and 49ers vice president of player personnel Martin Mayhew for the position. Until the Texans hire Gaine’s replacement, Houston’s football operations will be led by Chris Olsen, the team’s senior vice president of football administration.

With Houston dropping its pursuit of Caserio, a source tells Schefter that there now is a scenario under which the Texans will go this season without an official general manager. For less than a year, head coach Bill O’Brien, Easterby and the scouting dept could divvy up the duties.

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