Will Patriots and Texans strike a deal on compensation?

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The Patriots could, in theory, push their tampering case against the Texans with a level of zeal aimed at blowing up Houston’s pursuit of Nick Caserio, forcing the Texans to look elsewhere for Brian Gaine’s replacement. The Patriots could instead use the league’s procedures to force the Texans to pay a stiff penalty for violating the tampering rules, if that can be proven.

Or the Patriots and Texans could simply strike a deal.

One source with knowledge of the dynamics and personalities involved in this fight believes that, ultimately, a deal will be struck for compensation, with the Texans giving the Patriots a draft pick or two or something else and with Caserio becoming the new G.M. of the Texans. The reason is simple: If Caserio wants to go and is force to stay, things could get awkward for the Patriots.

And if Caserio wants to go, it means that his relationship with coach Bill Belichick essentially has been broken, and that Caserio prefers not to try to fix it. If, in the end, the G.M. job is closer to G.M. Light than true G.M. status, he’s really not leaving for something more but instead for something else. And that something else will be a football operation that has a long way to go to be as successful as the Patriots have been.

Whether a deal is struck quickly will hinge on whether the Texans are willing to give the Patriots whatever they’re willing to take for Caserio. It may take some time, allowing the tampering case to play out a bit, with New England putting a few of its card on the table. But it shouldn’t take much time, because the Texans need to hire a G.M. sooner than later.

15 responses to “Will Patriots and Texans strike a deal on compensation?

  1. Guilty conscience must be getting the best of Caserio or he found out something he didn’t want to know which had to do with cheating. He wants out now and Pedriots can’t afford to take that risk. Goodell will do what Kraft wants just like always.

  2. And if Caserio wants to go, it means that his relationship with coach Bill Belichick essentially has been broken,
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    This seems like a leap.

  3. That would work if Caserio wants the job. My guess is a second rounder. Tampering charges could be that expensive if proven.
    Does seem a bit suspicious. Gaine was fired the day after Easterby was at the Patriots ring ceremony. He had worked with Caserio for 6 years before heading to the Texans, joining O’Brien and Crennel.

    Definitely something Goodell would want swept under the rug.

  4. A team can block a lateral move, not a promotion to GM with full roster control.
    I don’t see how the Patriots have any way to deny an interview (if Caserio wants it).

  5. You don’t seem to be giving much consideration to the possibility that Caserio might not want to go to Houston. How do you think the Patriots found out about tampering? They probably heard it from Caserio. Maybe he doesn’t want to go there and he’s having the Patriots charge Houston with tampering in the hopes they’ll leave him alone in the future. It’s just as likely a scenario as any other I’ve seen put forward.

  6. If the Texans didn’t tamper, they shouldn’t be willing to give them anything or even entertain discussions regarding doing so.

    If they did tamper, they are stupid.

  7. A team can block a lateral move, not a promotion to GM with full roster control.
    I don’t see how the Patriots have any way to deny an interview (if Caserio wants it).
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    O’Brien has final say in Houston so it would be lateral.

  8. hate to lose someone BB has so thoroughly trained, but BB will raise another one. in the mean time BB will handle it himself like he has everything else when necessary.

  9. Patriots will give Caserio GM money THIS season and then BOTH McDaniels (HC) and Caserio (GM) take over roles from Belichick in 2020, regardless of 2019 result. Kraft knows that it is now time to plan for the post Belichick era. In Houston. hothead O’Brien has alienated almost everyone who isn’t an owner, and may only have 2 years left max in part due to their playoff failures (aheam) at the hands of– wait for it– the Patriots.

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