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Patriots Make Decision On Tampering Charge Against Houston Texans

A closeup of a New England Patriots football helmet. The team will be without David Andrews in Week 3.

ATLANTA - AUGUST 11: A detailed view of a New England Patriots helmet prior to the NFL preseason game between the New England Patriots and the Atlanta Falcons on August 11, 2006 at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo By Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

The New England Patriots were clearly annoyed by the Houston Texans' aggressive pursuit of one of their people to take over as their general manager. But after filing tampering charges against the Texans earlier this week, the Patriots appear to be letting the issue go away.

According to ESPN NFL insider Adam Schefter, the Texans have decided to end their pursuit of Patriots director of player personnel Nick Caserio. As a result, the Patriots are dropping the tampering charge against the Texans.

A member of the Texans front office was reportedly at the Patriots' recent ring ceremony, as was Caserio. The next day, the Texans fired general manager Brian Gaine.

The Houston Texans released a statement explaining that while they believed they were in full compliance with the NFL's rules, they were "made aware of certain terms" in Caserio's contract and decided to stop pursuing him as a candidate.

While the Texans will no longer have to worry about an NFL investigation hanging over their heads, they still have to contend with finding a new general manager.

Earlier this month the New York Jets landed Joe Douglas from the Philadelphia Eagles, taking one of the top general manager candidates off the market.

However, Schefter noted that the Texans might be willing to go into the season without a general manager.

Over the past few days, the Texans have interviewed Martin Mayhew of the San Francisco 49ers, along with former Cleveland Browns general manager Ray Farmer.