New England Patriots file tampering charges against Texans for attempted GM hire of Nick Caserio
The New England Patriots have filed tampering charges against the Houston Texans for their attempted hire of Patriots Director of Player Personnel Nick Caserio for their vacant general manager position, according to Adam Schefter of ESPN.
Schefter states that the NFL is now expected to begin gathering information to open a case against the Texans.
Houston fired general manager Brian Gaine last week, one day after New England’s Super Bowl ring ceremony at Robert Kraft’s house. Texans executive vice president of team development Jack Easterby, the Pats’ former team chaplain, attended the party, as did Caserio.
The Texans have requested permission to interview Caserio, but it has not been granted to date.
Houston’s firing of Gaine came as a surprise, especially given the timing, but it was reportedly due to his souring relationship with head coach Bill O’Brien.
The NFL’s tampering policy states that “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.
Obviously, if the Texans are, in fact, hit with tampering violations, there would be a rather serious price to pay.
Houston won 11 games and captured the AFC South division title this past season, but ultimately fell to the Indianapolis Colts in the Wild Card Round of the playoffs.
The Texans have not made it past the Divisional Round of the postseason since becoming an NFL franchise back in 2002.
Meanwhile, the Patriots are coming off of their sixth Super Bowl championship.