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Patriots File Tampering Charges Against Texans for Attempted Hiring of Nick Caserio as GM

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)
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Apparently, the Patriots didn't appreciate the Texans' advances on director of player personnel Nick Caserio.

According to Adam Schefter, New England has filed tampering charges against the Houston Texans for their attempt to hire Caserio as their next general manager.

The NFL is now expected to open up an investigation against the Texans to determine whether or not there was any genuine tampering involved.

Houston originally requested permission to interview Caserio earlier in the week.

This isn't the first time the two organizations have quarreled over Caserio. Just last year, the Patriots denied a previous request from the Texans (otherwise known as "Patriots West") to interview him.

For the first time in what feels like forever, the Patriots aren't the subject of an investigation. Looks like they're trying to flip the script!

It's not particularly surprising that the Pats are so protective of him, though. Caserio is widely acknowledged as one of the major masterminds behind the shrewd-but-effective pickups that populate the team's roster.

It is, however, intriguing that the Patriots jumped straight to allegations of tampering just days following the request. We'll see shortly if the NFL believes Houston to be on the straight-and-narrow.