Patriots file tampering charges against the Texans over Nick Caserio

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It seemed like a fight possibly was coming between the Patriots and Texans over Nick Caserio, and the gloves officially have been dropped.

The Patriots have filed tampering charges against the Texans, according to Adam Schefter of ESPN.

The charges relate to Houston’s attempt to hire Caserio to be the team’s next General Manager. Schefter notes that the NFL will commence an investigation, gathering information relevant to whether and to what extent the Texans communicated with Caserio absent permission from the Patriots to do so.

One potential source of information/evidence could be, in our view, last Thursday night’s ring ceremony at the home of Patriots owner Robert Kraft. Former Patriots executive Jack Easterby, now a key member of the Texans’ front office, attended the event. Communications between Easterby and Caserio could become proof of impermissible discussions regarding the job — especially since the job became vacant the very next day.

The league also will surely look at records of any phone calls or electronic communications between Caserio and Texans employees or intermediaries. Contact between Caserio’s agent and the Texans also become potentially relevant.

Even if the tampering charges prompt the Texans to abandon their pursuit of Caserio, the Texans could face punishment if it’s proven that they indeed talked to him about the job without permission from the Patriots to do so.

70 responses to “Patriots file tampering charges against the Texans over Nick Caserio

  1. Investigation is complete. Texans cleared of any wrongdoing. Patriots docked a 1 and a 3 and $500,000.

  2. The league also will surely look at records of any phone calls or electronic communications between Caserio and Texans employees or intermediaries. Contact between Caserio’s agent and the Texans also become potentially relevant.

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    Not the Patriots so Goodell will determine there’s inconclusive evidence to warrant punishment. As a matter of fact, since the Patriots are the ones filing a complaint, Goodell will probably penalize them for filing a claim without solid evidence beforehand.

  3. yes, because the Patriots have a sterling record of abiding by the NFL rules, right?

  4. The Pats blocked Caserio from interviewing with Houston last year. Since Belichick has control of the entire operation, wouldn’t this be considered a promotion for Caserio?

  5. Where have I heard this story before!?! Oh yeah… Josh McDaniels…

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    And the Jets tampering with Revis. I think they had their wrist slapped.

  6. igglenapa says:
    June 12, 2019 at 5:33 pm
    Where have I heard this story before!?! Oh yeah… Josh McDaniels…
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    McDaniels had permission to speak with other teams…

  7. Maybe I’m wrong, but I thought that this time they gave the Texans permission to talk to him? If so, what’s the beef? If not, I understand the beef.

  8. riverhorsey says:
    June 12, 2019 at 6:10 pm
    A GM is worth a 1st round pick
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    That was the price tag when the Pats signed Belichick away from the Jets and it was well worth it.

  9. A GM is worth a 1st round pick
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    Not if the GM is the Cowboys Jerry Jones.

  10. Texans are idiots, look no further than the buffoon they employed as their GM previously. Might as well have been Ryan Grigson with that brain power.

  11. If the Texans are smart, there won’t be any electronic records to sift through. Easterby, speculation suggests, talked to Caserio at the ring ceremony. Unless someone managed to record their conversation (certainly not impossible in 2019), it seems like it would be difficult to dredge up any evidence against the Texans here. More likely, the Patriots are afraid of Caserio leaving and are trying to buy time to convince him to stay by waffling these charges. Did tampering occur? Almost certainly, but evidence proving such may be hard to find because the Texans probably tried not to leave a paper trail (is that term antiquated? should it be called an e-trail?).

  12. It’s not news they wanted to interview him and I’m guessing they asked for permission. Is this because they didn’t ask for permission soon enough?

  13. purpleguy says:
    June 12, 2019 at 6:09 pm
    Maybe I’m wrong, but I thought that this time they gave the Texans permission to talk to him? If so, what’s the beef? If not, I understand the beef.

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    as stated yesterday, caserio is not going anywhere

  14. bringbackkosar says:
    June 12, 2019 at 5:46 pm
    yes, because the Patriots have a sterling record of abiding by the NFL rules, right?

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    umm, yes they do. you people still don’t get it

    name a time the pats actually cheated..not framed or lied about doing something they never did differently than others, but cheated the cap, crowd noise with speakers, tampering, etc..name one real violation:

  15. Ironically Easterby was the Patriots character coach and reportedly left the Pats because he frowned upon Kraft’s massage parlor fiasco. Now the same “character” guy finds himself in the middle of this tampering charge.

  16. “does anyone else see the irony in the Patriots accusing someone else of breaking the rules?”

    Only for people who believe a bunch of disproven claims or that a camera being 30′ out of position in the age of the zoom lens for 1/2 a game was some terrible cheating scandal even though it was and still is legal to shoot video of the opposing team’s sideline.

  17. u4iadman says:
    June 12, 2019 at 5:30 pm
    Seriously, like the Pats can accuse anyone else of cheating is ridiculous.

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    Not ridiculous at all. As the article states, it really happened. Once again the facts don’t support the narrative.

  18. and I wonder who the pats have ever tried to hire from the texans …. anyone ??? … so lets just leave it at that because I expect absolutely nothing to come of this because frankly when was the last time the league office has done this team any actual favours proven to be true or otherwise …… :S

  19. The NFL has a long history of dismissing these charges. Goes all the way back to Seattle’s tampering with Holmgren prior to SB32.

    No way the league ever finds sufficient evidence against one of the billionaire brotherhood.

  20. marvin1958 says:
    June 12, 2019 at 7:47 pm
    The NFL has a long history of dismissing these charges. Goes all the way back to Seattle’s tampering with Holmgren prior to SB32.

    No way the league ever finds sufficient evidence against one of the billionaire brotherhood.

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    They slapped the Chiefs I thought a bit hard.

  21. You are all missing the angle here. You know BB does not miss an opportunity to get value out of everything possible. He may be willing to let Caserio go but sees an opportunity to get a 1st round pick for him. Nothing personal. Just business.

  22. u4iadman says:
    June 12, 2019 at 5:30 pm
    Seriously, like the Pats can accuse anyone else of cheating is ridiculous.
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    They have the same right to do this as other teams do.

  23. Get as high of a pick as they can and tell Nick don’t let the door hit you on the way out!

  24. Brie, that’s right. I forgot about KC. I stand corrected.

    The compensation issue, yeah, I thought that Bill would be seizing on a pick, but really don’t think the league is going to side with the Pats on this one.

  25. Maybe Caserio doesn’t want to go and the Texans were told to steer clear, but Easterby approached him at the ring ceremony and made offers anyway. Maybe Caserio will provide direct testimony of the conversations. Can’t just assume Caserio wants to leave.

  26. I don’t think this has anything to do with Belichick fearing the loss of a front office guy. This sounds like Bill Belichick hates Bill O’Brien. I’d definitely like to hear more about that subject. I mean, coaches and front office people are constantly leaving the Patriots, yet the super bowl titles keep piling up. Belichick isn’t relying on anyone other than himself. I also know O’Brien isn’t the most well liked guy in the NFL, but this sounds very personal.

  27. Could the Texans have handled this GM search any worse? They fired somebody after a single year on the job (which was an 11-win season, btw) without having done the basic homework of seeing if the guy they want would even be allowed to interview for the job? How does nobody pick up the phone and talk to the Patriots ahead of time to see if they’d allow him to interview?

  28. firerogergoodellnow says:
    June 12, 2019 at 5:47 pm
    The Pats blocked Caserio from interviewing with Houston last year. Since Belichick has control of the entire operation, wouldn’t this be considered a promotion for Caserio?
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    because the new league year has started,the time for that was after the SB til the start of the new league year. otherwise you could pilfer coaches and GM’s from anyone even July August September just cause you are giving them a “Promotion”

  29. BB sees a chance to get a draft pick or two out of this. He is not at all afraid of losing Cesario.

  30. Why are some people trying to shift this topic over to the Patriots? They obviously have a right to complain. The Jets and the Chiefs have a history of doing this. Now, the Texans can join them. All AFC teams.

  31. charliecharger says:
    June 13, 2019 at 8:12 am
    I don’t think this has anything to do with Belichick fearing the loss of a front office guy. This sounds like Bill Belichick hates Bill O’Brien. I’d definitely like to hear more about that subject. I mean, coaches and front office people are constantly leaving the Patriots, yet the super bowl titles keep piling up. Belichick isn’t relying on anyone other than himself. I also know O’Brien isn’t the most well liked guy in the NFL, but this sounds very personal.

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    Nope.

    Caserio is bascially the McDaniels of the front office. Each has been sort of told they’re the guy if they want it.

    The bottom line is, neither is dumb enough to not grasp that the owner is CRUCIAL to how an organization is run.

    Little McNair Jr, a little Trumpy type, silver spooned and dumb and entitled, is likely not what Csaerio is looking for.

    Caserio turned down INdy and Miami for those reasons. Why would you go to an inferior situation in terms of ownership?

  32. davebarnes21 says:
    June 13, 2019 at 7:26 am
    Patriots never file grievance.. literally never. Houston must be blatantly guilty

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    Yep. And, they’ve never cheated either. I’d be happy to post the Cowher interview again.

  33. u4iadman says:
    June 12, 2019 at 9:32 pm
    It’s the Patriots…let’s get real. Proven biggest cheaters for a decade in any sport.

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    Is the Easter Bunny “proven”, too?

    Just curious. I think cap cheating, tampering and pumping in crowd noise or trying to trip a player on the field, is cheating.

    The Pats have done NONE of these things. Ever.

  34. Man, if had been the Pats accused of tampering this would have been a MASSIVE STORY with non stop coverage…..go ahead, TRY TO DENY THAT!!
    But it’s the Texans….. winners of nothing relevant….. non story… lol

  35. Poor Houston, they get close then they fade into oblivion for another 5 to 10 years.
    Hate to break it to the Texans, get rid of O’Brien, that would be a major step forward.

  36. Bottom line is that the NFL feels it owes O’Brien because he was the Penn State coach after the Paterno mess. I think O’Brien is front and center on the hot seat in Houston, quit making excuses for the guy.

  37. davebarnes21 says:
    June 13, 2019 at 7:26 am
    Patriots never file grievance.. literally never. Houston must be blatantly guilty
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    New England filed a grievance against the Jets for tampering with Revis. If you look up the league guidelines on tampering, an example they give of what is considered tampering is almost word for word what the Jets owner said about Revis. The Jets also have a history of tampering with players (Brandon Marshall, Michael Crabtree, Deion Branch, to name a few.)

    As another poster pointed out, Kansas City received a pretty substantial penalty (A total of $350k in fines for the team, coach and GM, plus the loss of a 3rd round pick) for tampering with Jeremy Maclin a year later. All other recent tampering cases have involved the offending team losing a draft pick. The Jets are the exception to this, receiving only a $100k fine. It must be nice when a former team employee is the commissioner.

  38. Just curious. I think cap cheating, tampering and pumping in crowd noise or trying to trip a player on the field, is cheating.
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    Conveniently left out hone smashing, taping Super Bowl walkthroughs, and Balco II

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