The Houston Texans have hired former Dolphins assistant general manager Brian Gaine as the Texans’ new director of pro personnel.
General manager Rick Smith hired Gaine less than two weeks after he left the Dolphins because he wasn't picked to become the team's new GM.
Gaine was one of four finalists to replace Jeff Ireland, but the position went to newly hired GM Dennis Hickey, who spent 18-years as part of Tampa Bay's front office.
Gaine, who is entering his 16th season as part of an NFL front office, replaces Brian Gardner, who was fired after the season.
During the period the Dolphins were without a GM Gaine ran the Dolphins personnel department, leading the team's talent evaluators at the East-West Shrine and Senior Bowl games.
Gaine joined the Dolphins in 2008, coming over from the Dallas Cowboys. Former Dolphins czar Bill Parcells brought Ireland and Gaine from Dallas and made them his top two executives. Gaine also worked with Parcells during his tenure with the New York Jets.
Gaine was promoted to assistant general manager after the 2011 season.
Gaine was the only member of Miami's personnel staff who has left the team outside of Ireland. Hickey hasn't hired his own staff yet, but will probably make a few additions before the NFL Combine, which begins on Feb. 19.Copyright © 2015, The Baltimore Sun