* HOUSTON* – The Houston Texans announced today that Charley Casserly has decided to seek other professional opportunities, thus resigning as the team's general manager effective June 1.
Casserly was hired as the Texans general manager on January 19, 2000. He helped launch the franchise by laying the groundwork for the Texans first ten free agents, signed December 29, 2001, and the expansion draft on February 18, 2002.
The Texans recently selected North Carolina State defensive end Mario Williams as the number one pick in the 2006 NFL Draft, completing an off-season that saw the hiring of Gary Kubiak as their second head coach, the acquisition of Pro Bowl WR Eric Moulds from Buffalo and the free agent signings of C Mike Flanagan, DE Anthony Weaver, TE Jeb Putzier, FB Jameel Cook and LB Sam Cowart.
"I want to thank Charley for his efforts and hard work to improve the Houston Texans," said Texans owner Bob McNair. "It is tough to start an organization from the ground floor, but Charley took on the challenge and I appreciate all of his contributions and his willingness to help in any capacity."