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Patriots drop tampering charges against Texans; Nick Caserio to stay in New England

The Houston Texans have decided to stop pursuing Nick Caserio for their General Manager opening, and the New England Patriots have decided to drop the tampering charges.

It’s unclear if that’s the deal that was worked out or just a coincidence, but it would make a lot of sense if tampering did happen for the Texans to try and work out a deal so the Patriots didn’t continue to pursue it.

Texans team chairman Cal McNair said that the team wouldn’t be pursuing Caserio anymore citing a clause in his contract with the Patriots.

“When we started the process to interview Nick Caserio for our EVP/GM position, we consulted the League office on numerous occasions, followed the procedures outlined in the League’s rules and believed we were in full compliance,” McNair said in his statement via the Houston Chronicle. “We have now been made aware of certain terms in Nick’s contract with the Patriots. Once we were made aware of these contract terms, I informed (Patriots owner Robert) Mr. Kraft that we would stop pursuing Nick.”

Robert Kraft also released a statement saying that the Patriots and Texans had a good working relationship and were happy with the way the situation was handled.

“The Houston Texans and the New England Patriots have always had a great working relationship. We appreciate the way Cal McNair has handled the situation.”

The Texans still haven’t decided what they are going to do about the general manager but Adam Schefter said there is a chance the team could enter the season without one.