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Sources: Houston Texans hire Jed Hughes, search firm vice chairman, to assist GM search

Houston Texans CEO Cal McNair has hired Jed Hughes, the vice chairman for the search firm Korn Ferry, to help the franchise hire its next general manager and head coach, league sources told ESPN.

Sources around the league believe the Texans want to be comfortable with who their GM will be first before hiring a head coach. Sources said Hughes already has been doing his due diligence in trying to identify candidates for the Texans to pursue.

Hughes was instrumental in the Texans' 2014 search to identify and hire Penn State's Bill O'Brien as their coach and GM.