Patriots buying and selling guard Shaq Mason to Buccaneers for fifth-round draft decide

A premier guard is on the transfer.

The Patriots are buying and selling veteran offensive lineman Shaq Mason to the Buccaneers in change for a fifth-round decide in April’s draft, NFL Community’s Ian Rapoport, Mike Garafolo and Mike Giardi reported Tuesday. The Buccaneers will assume the ultimate two years of Mason’s present contract for a complete of $16 million.

The swap will not turn into official till the brand new league 12 months kicks off on Wednesday at 4 p.m. ET.

Mason ranked because the fourth-best guard in all of soccer in 2021, per Professional Soccer Focus, and he is maintained a stellar stage of play relationship again to the 2016 season. Mason signed a five-year, $45 million extension with the Patriots in 2018 and has lived as much as the expectation set by the deal. Now, he’ll play with a well-recognized face in Tom Brady.

Mason spent the primary 5 years of his NFL profession defending Brady in New England and can be a part of his previous teammate in Tampa, filling considered one of two voids left by the departure of each of the Buccaneers’ beginning guards this offseason (Ali Marpet retired; Alex Cappa is signing with the Bengals). Mason will play alongside the one inside lineman Tampa was capable of hold, middle Ryan Jensen, and will likely be tasked with replicating his efficiency for a workforce that once more expects to contend for the Tremendous Bowl following Brady’s resolution to finish his pretty temporary retirement.

Chasing Tremendous Bowls with Brady may be very acquainted to Mason. The guard gained two Lombardi Trophies whereas sharing the sector with the longer term first-ballot Corridor of Famer in New England.

Now, he’ll be anticipated to do the identical in Tampa. For the meager worth of a fifth-round decide and a remaining cap hit of simply $10.1 million in 2022 — a quantity that decreases additional to $8.875 million in 2023 — the Buccaneers correctly upgraded up entrance.