Patriots notebook: NFL investigating Texans for tampering over Caserio

  • Detroit Lions tight ends T.J. Hockenson, from left, blocks against Jesse James while Michael Roberts (80) blocks against Jerome Cunningham during NFL football training camp Wednesday, June 5, 2019, in Allen Park, Mich. (AP Photo/Duane Burleson) Duane Burleson

  • New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick smiles as he walks off the field during an NFL football training camp in Foxborough, Mass., Wednesday, June 5, 2019. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa) Charles Krupa

Associated Press
Published: 6/13/2019 7:30:09 PM
Modified: 6/13/2019 7:29:59 PM

The NFL is investigating tampering charges against the Texans after the Patriots accused them of contacting New England director of player personnel Nick Caserio for the Houston general manager job.

ESPN.com reported that New England complained to the league after Texans executive vice president of team development Jack Easterby, a former Patriots chaplain, attended the team’s championship ring ceremony at the home of owner Robert Kraft. The Texans fired GM Brian Gaine the next day, less than 18 months after he took over the job.

ESPN.com noted that Easterby and Caserio are represented by the same agent, Bob LaMonte.

The Texans have requested permission to interview Caserio for their GM job, but it has not been given, the website said.

Pats trade for tight end

The Detroit Lions traded tight end Michael Roberts to New England for a conditional draft pick.

Detroit made the move Thursday, creating an open roster spot. ESPN reported the Lions may get a seventh-round selection for Roberts in 2020.

Roberts became expendable this offseason. The Lions drafted Iowa tight end T.J. Hockenson early in the first round of the NFL draft in April after signing veterans Jesse James and Logan Thomas.

Detroit drafted Roberts in the fourth round two years ago. He has 13 career receptions for 146 yards and three touchdowns.

The Patriots added depth at tight end by acquiring Roberts, giving them another option following the retirement of Rob Gronkowski.


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