Don Bosco Prep grad to be named general manager of Houston Texans

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The Texans are planning to hire Brian Gaine as their new general manager and sign coach Bill O'Brien to a long-term contract extension. Gaine served as the Bills' vice president of player personnel, being hired in that role in May.

Gaine, a star tight end, was a member of Don Bosco's state championship team in 1990 his senior year. He's always been the favorite to replace Rick Smith, who is stepping away to care for his ailing wife.

The longtime Texans GM recently announced he was taking a leave of absence to be with his wife while she battles breast cancer.

The Houston Texans have a new man in charge - and it is one with significant New Jersey ties.

Gaine will be returning to the Texans, where he worked for three seasons as director of pro personnel and director of player personnel under general manager Rick Smith before leaving for Buffalo.

Gaine is finally getting his shot at running an National Football League franchise after his eighth interview for an opening. At 2 a.m., he accepted an offer to become the Packers' new general manager to replace Ted Thompson and cancelled his interview with the Texans that was scheduled for Sunday. 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.

The Houston Texans are coming off a disappointing season marred by numerous injuries.

Texans executive Jimmy Raye III also interviewed for the job.

The Eagles and Patriots denied permission for the Texans to interview Douglas, Caserio and Ossenfort.