Published: Sat, June 15, 2019
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

Patriots File Tampering Charge Against Texans Over GM Approach

Patriots File Tampering Charge Against Texans Over GM Approach

The Houston Texans are in hot pursuit of a new general manager, and the New England Patriots' VP of Player Personnel, Nick Caserio, is one of the requested candidates for the job. Texans executive vice president of team development Jack Easterby, the Pats' former team chaplain, attended the party, as did Caserio.

According to Breer, the night before Gaine was sacked, Easterby attended the Patriots' ring ceremony at New England owner Robert Kraft's home. The timing reportedly "set off some alarm bells" because nobody in New England is happy about it.

Where the Patriots could have a case is the night before general manager Brian Gaine's firing on June 7. He operates as New England's de facto GM and is the top front-office aid to Bill Belichick in player personnel matters.

Apparently, the relationship between the Patriots and Bill O'Brien isn't as rosy as we had thought. Caserio and Easterby are both represented by agent Bob LaMonte.

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The NFL will now investigate the matter.

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.

According to NFL.com, Houston could surrender a draft pick to the Patriots in order to hire new general manager Nick Caserio.

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.

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