New England Patriots

FOXBOROUGH, MA - 2009: Nick Caserio of the New England Patriots poses for his 2009 NFL headshot at photo day in Foxborough, Massachusetts. (Photo by NFL Photos)

By Matt McCarthy,

The New England Patriots claim the Houston Texans violated the NFL’s anti-tampering policy amid their pursuit of Nick Caserio, whom the Texans are reportedly interested in hiring as their new general manager.

According to Adam Schefter of ESPN, the Patriots filed a tampering charge against the Texans Wednesday. The NFL will now investigate the matter.

The Texans fired general manager Brian Gaine last week. According to Schefter, the Texans requested permission to speak with Caserio about their vacancy, but that permission has not yet been granted by the Patriots.

Caserio has served as the Patriots Director of Player Personnel since 2008 and has been a sought-after general manager candidate around the NFL for a number of years.

According to Ian Rapoport, the Patriots do not want Caserio to leave town.

Schefter also tweeted out the language of the NFL’s anti-tampering policy.

No details have been reported on the nature of the alleged tampering.

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