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Report: Patriots file tampering charges against Texans for Nick Caserio pursuit

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Report: Patriots file tampering charges against Texans for Nick Caserio pursuit

The Texans are making an effort to hire Nick Caserio for their vacant general manager position, but the Patriots aren't about to let that happen without a fight.

The Pats filed tampering charges against the Texans for their pursuit of Caserio, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter.

According to ProFootballTalk, the Patriots are using photos, videos, and other proof of interactions between Texans executive Jack Easterby and Caserio at last Thursday night's Super Bowl ring ceremony as evidence of tampering. Houston's previous GM, Brian Gaine, was fired the day after the ceremony.

Easterby was New England's character coach for six seasons before joining the Texans.

The Texans formally requested to interview Caserio for the open GM position on Monday.

Caserio has been New England's director of player personnel since 2008.

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Friendship with O'Brien reportedly a big part of Caserio's attraction to Texans

Friendship with O'Brien reportedly a big part of Caserio's attraction to Texans

The apparent tug of war between the Patriots and Texans over Nick Caserio appears - for now - to have gone the Pats' way.

While the Texans keep the seat warm for the Patriots director of player personnel, and Bill Belichick's right-hand man, to finish out his contract that ends after the 2020 draft, there's been speculation a trade could be worked out that would allow Caserio to become GM in Houston.

Our Tom E. Curran notes that the Pats' asking price would have to be a first-rounder and that would seem to be a non-starter for the Texans.  

The driving force behind Caserio's desire to work for the Texans, who also sought permission to talk to him a year earlier but were denied by the Patriots, is his close relationship with Houston coach and former Pats offensive coordinator Bill O'Brien, The Boston Globe's Chris Gasper reports.

According to Gasper, Caserio and O'Brien's "friendship extends well beyond football." That relationship and the opportunity to be the boss have Caserio, 43, intrigued by the Texans.

More from Gasper's column:

“It was a chance to work with his buddy, and finally have a chance to run the building,” said a source with knowledge of Caserio’s situation. “He told Belichick he’s super grateful for every opportunity he’s been given. But it would be absurd to request that [Houston-type] opportunity there, and he never would.

“Based on age, at some point, he’ll be given the opportunity. I think he would love that. I think he knows to not desire it or request it in New England because of the gentleman he reports to. If Coach wants to make it 10 more years, maybe he will."

This same source told Gasper that Caserio, Bill Belichick and owner Robert Kraft and team president Jonathan Kraft held a clear-the-air session after the Texans backed off their pursuit and the focus is on the season ahead: “It was a tough week and a half, but I’m certain it’s behind all parties, or at least it seems to be."

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