Patriots file tampering charges against Texans

Tanya Simon
June 13, 2019

A league source confirmed that the Patriots filed tampering charges with the NFL office against O'Brien's Houston Texans Wednesday regarding the pursuit of Nick Caserio for their vacant general manager position.

Texans were unable to interview Caserio in their last general manager search as the Patriots were still in the playoffs competing for an opportunity to play in the Super Bowl.

The league now is expected to gather relevant information to open its investigation against Houston, sources said.

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Where the Patriots could have a case is the night before general manager Brian Gaine's firing on June 7. Clearly, the Patriots were intent on keeping Caserio, and the news of the tampering charges only further that fact.

He was hired as the Executive Vice President of Team Development for the Texans after serving as the Team Development Director/Character Coach for the Patriots. According to Schefter, the Texans requested permission to speak with Caserio about their vacancy, but that permission has not yet been granted by the Patriots. He operates as New England's de facto GM and is the top front-office aid to Bill Belichick in player personnel matters.

Tom Curran of NBC Sports Boston wrote this week that the Patriots could find a way to block the Texans' interview request, if so inclined.

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