Published: Sat, June 15, 2019
Sport | By Wilson Duncan

Patriots file tampering charges against Texans amid pursuit of Nick Caserio

Patriots file tampering charges against Texans amid pursuit of Nick Caserio

As if six Super Bowl rings since the turn of the century isn't good enough, New England is making sure that if you are stealing a hot commodity, you have to play nice.

Houston's firing of Gaine came as a surprise, especially given the timing, but it was reportedly due to his souring relationship with head coach Bill O'Brien.

There are many ties to New England within the Texans organization. Caserio, who has been New England's director of player personnel since 2008, became Houston's leading target for new Texans EVP of team development Jack Easterby, who was hired April 2 after he left the Patriots.

Breer reports the Patriots' case will be built on the timing since Easterby and Caserio were together less than 24 hours before Gaine was sacked and then Houston wanted to interview him so quickly.

ESPN's Adam Schefter reported Wednesday afternoon that the Patriots have filed tampering charges against the Houston Texans "for the attempted general manager hire of Nick Caserio".


ESPN.com noted that Easterby and Caserio are represented by the same agent, Bob LaMonte.

The NFL will now begin investigating, according to the report.

According to Ian Rapoport of NFL Media, the Texans are "digging in" with their pursuit of Caserio.

Meanwhile, the Patriots are coming off of their sixth Super Bowl championship.

There is no word yet on whether or not the Texans have interviewed Caserio, though they have reached out to the Patriots as early as June 7 to request permission to interview him.

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