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The Patriots Have Filed "Tampering Charges" Against Another NFL Franchise

A view of the fans in Gillette Stadium during a Patriots game.

FOXBOROUGH, MA - SEPTEMBER 09: A general view of fans during the game between the Houston Texans and the New England Patriots at Gillette Stadium on September 9, 2018 in Foxborough, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images)

The New England Patriots and their key members have been accused of a lot of different things over the years, ranging from cheating to outright criminal behavior. But today the Patriots decided to take the offensive against an NFL team trying to grab one of their key front office people.

According to ESPN NFL insider Adam Schefter, the Patriots have filed tampering charges against the Houston Texans over their efforts to sign pro personnel director Nick Caserio as their new general manager. The Texans fired general manager Brian Gaine last week.

Schefter reported that Texans executive vice president of team development Jack Easterby, a former member of the Patriots, attended the team's Super Bowl ring presentation party last week. Caserio was there as well. The Texans fired Gaine the very next day.

Caserio is one of the longest-serving members of Bill Belichick's team, having joined the team in 2001 as a personnel assistant and working his way up the ladder. He has not accepted the job with the Texans as of writing.

Per Schefter's report, the NFL will now open an investigation into the charges against Houston.

Between Easterby and head coach Bill O'Brien, the Houston Texans have plenty of ties to the Patriots' organization.

As for any potential punishments the Texans might receive if the NFL deems that they have tampered, there aren't a ton of precedents.

Back in 2015, the New York Jets were fined $100,000 for tampering when Jets owner Woody Johnson publicly stated he'd like then-Patriots cornerback Darrelle Revis to come back.