Whether or not the Texans have to pay a punishment for tampering, the fact remains that the Patriots really do not want to part ways with Caserio. But today the Patriots chose to take the offensive against an National Football League team trying to grab one of their key front office people.
Former Patriots character coach and current Houston Texans executive vice president of team development Jack Easterby has been a long-time friend of Patriots director of player personnel Nick Caserio.
The New England Patriots filed tampering charges Wednesday against the Houston Texans over their pursuit of general manager candidate Nick Caserio, sources told ESPN's Adam Schefter. The Texans fired GM Brian Gaine the next day, less than 18 months after he took over the job. Caserio was there as well. The Texans said Gaine's dismissal was not related to the complaint. He has not accepted the job with the Texans as of writing.
The NFL will now begin investigating, according to the report. He adds that the Patriots still have leverage since Caserio is under contract with them, so the Texans may decide to just give up a draft pick so they can move forward. According to Schefter, the league is expected to open an investigation into Houston shortly. Additionally, Houston head coach Bill O'Brien was with the Patriots for five seasons.
Schefter also tweeted out the language of the NFL's anti-tampering policy.
Back in 2015, the New York Jets were fined $100,000 for tampering when Jets owner Woody Johnson publicly stated he'd like then-Patriots cornerback Darrelle Revis to come back.
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