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Texans give up Nick Caserio pursuit; Patriots drop tampering charge

Nick Caserio

The Houston Texans and New England Patriots seem to have settled the Nick Caserio matter in an outcome that will not be too satisfying for Houston.

The Texans are dropping their pursuit of Caserio for their GM vacancy, while the Patriots have dropped their tampering charge against Houston, according to the Houston Chronicle’s John McClain.

Here is the Texans’ statement on the matter:

The Texans surprisingly fired GM Brian Gaine last week after one year on the job. The move came the day after a former Patriots employee, Jack Easterby, attended the Patriots’ ring ceremony, where Caserio was also present. Easterby has worked for the Texans since April.

The Texans requested permission to interview Caserio, and the Patriots responded by filing a tampering charge. The tampering accusation may have been based on the belief Easterby tampering with Caserio at the ring ceremony.

Now that the charge has been dropped, the Texans can move forward with their search. They just won’t be able to hire Caserio, who has been with the Patriots since 2001.

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