Texans to interview Saints personnel director Mueller

Updated: May 26, 2006, 12:37 PM ET
By Len Pasquarelli | ESPN.com

The Houston Texans have received permission to discuss their pending front office vacancy with New Orleans Saints director of player personnel Rick Mueller and will interview him next week.

Mueller will become the third known candidate for the position, joining Denver assistant general manager Rick Smith and Green Bay director of pro scouting Reggie McKenzie, both of whom met with Houston owner Bob McNair in the past week.

Charley Casserly, who served as Texans' general manager for the past six years, announced his resignation two weeks ago and will officially vacate the post on June 1.

Mueller has served in his current position with the Saints for five years. His job entails the oversight of the Saints' entire personnel department. He joined the New Orleans front office after six seasons working for the Jacksonville Jaguars, first as a college scout and subsequently as director of college scouting.

His resume also includes stints as a scout in the CFL and the NFL Europe League, and as an assistant coach at the pro and college levels. A former college quarterback at the University of Puget Sound, Mueller is the brother of current Miami Dolphins general manager and former ESPN.com NFL analyst Randy Mueller.

There is no timetable for filling the job and McNair has not yet determined how many candidates he will interview. Other potential candidates include Jaguars director of pro personnel Charles Bailey and Chicago pro personnel director Bobby DePaul. It is believed that Smith, who worked with first-year Texans coach Gary Kubiak for 10 years in the Broncos' organization, is the front-runner for the job.

McNair has said several times that he wants to conduct a thorough search process, and a decision does not seem imminent.

Whoever replaces Casserly certainly will not have the scope of influence that he wielded over the Houston football operation and might not receive the general manager title. Kubiak has taken on more responsibility in personnel matters than predecessor Dom Capers ever had and McNair has also assumed a more active role in what figures to be a front office restructuring after Casserly's exit.

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