Patriots accuse Texans of tampering over Nick Caserio

Houston’s search for a new general manager has hit a legal snag.
The New England Patriots have filed tampering charges against the Texans associated with their tried GM employ of Pats manager of player personnel Nick Caserio, a source informed NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport. ESPN first reported the news.
The NFL’s definition of tampering reads as follows:“The expression tampering, as used inside the National Football League, describes some disturbance by a member club with the employer-employee relationship of some other club or any effort by a club to impermissibly induce a individual to seek employment with this club or even with the NFL.“
Houston’s firing of general manager Brian Gaine on June 7, 1 day after New England’s Super Bowl ring ceremony,“set off some alarm bells“ at Patriots Place, Rapoport added.
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The attention of the tampering charges might be Jack Easterby, a former Patriots development director who was hired this offseason since Texans EVP of staff development, NFL Network’s Mike Garafolo reported. Easterby was in attendance in New England’s ring ceremony on Thursday night, one day before Gaine’s ouster.
The Texans have no comment on the tampering allegation, Rapoport reported Wednesday.
A possible solution to this conflict would be Houston surrendering a draft pick to the Patriots in exchange for Caserio, Rapoport added.
Asked Tuesday if Easterby made any contact Caserio before Gaine was terminated, Texans coach Bill O’Brien stated,“I’d say the answer to that is not any, relative to get about anything having to do with the Houston Texans. No.“
The coach added, regarding Easterby,“Jack is precisely what his name says. He is executive vice president of staff development and he helps in all areas of the team. He helps me with the group. He helps in different departments around the team, the branches that work with the group, of course the exercise room, equipment space. He assists me with placing in procedures to really assist the responsibilities of each section relative to the team. It is all about the team and how do we enhance the group and Jack continues to be an excellent addition to the business.“
Houston interviewed two candidates over the weekend — Ray Farmer and Martin Mayhew — both of whom are former GMs. The Texans were allegedly interested in hiring Caserio, with a connection with O’Brien, a former Pats offensive coordinator, but New England had not provided consent, as of Wednesday night.
The most recent case of this sort of NFL tampering also involved the Patriots. New York Jets owner Woody Johnson was charged with tampering by New England and then fined $100,000 at Apr. 2015 after he made remarks in December 2014 he would“love to possess Darrelle back“, speaking to Darrelle Revis, who at that time was enjoying New England on a one-year contract. Revis re-joined the Jets during the 2015 offseason on a pact.

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