The New England Patriots have filed tampering charges with the NFL regarding the Houston Texans pursuit of New England Patriots director of player personnel Nick Caserio. The Texans dismissed former general manager late last week and put in a request to interview Caserio soon after Gaine's exit.
The Patriots are using photos and videos of interactions between Texans Executive Vice President of Team Development Jack Easterby and Caserio at the Patriots Super Bowl ring ceremony last Thursday for evidence of tampering. Easterby was part of the Patriots Super Bowl winning team last season and joined the Texans this past off-season in an executive role.
According to the NFL's anti-tampering rule...
"Any interference by a member club with the employer-employee relationship of another club or any attempt by a club to impermissibly induce a person to seek employment with that club or with the NFL" is impermissible.
The Texans will more than likely have to answer questions about their interactions with Caserio leading up to the firing of Gaine.
Caserio is considered the top choice for the Texans opening at general manager, and with the recent news, it will put the process to a halt for the time being.
Caserio has spent the past 18 seasons with the Patriots and the previous 11 as their Director of Player Personnel working in tandem with head coach Bill Belichick.
Caserio has been an attractive option for the general manager openings in recent seasons. He declined the Indianapolis Colts (2012), San Francisco 49ers (2017) and the Texans (2018) for their general manager opening. After interviewing for the Miami Dolphins general manager opening in 2014, he was offered the position but rejected the offer and returned to New England.
The Texans interview former Cleveland Browns general manager Ray Farmer on Saturday and San Francisco 49ers VP of Player Personnel Martin Mayhew on Sunday.
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