Bucs trade offensive lineman Shaq Mason to Texans: report
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have moved on from veteran offensive guard Shaq Mason.
According to NFL Network, Tampa Bay has agreed to trade Mason to the Houston Texans in a deal that includes late-round draft picks.
The Bucs are reportedly slated to receive a sixth-rounder, while Houston would get a seventh-rounder back in addition to Mason.
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Tampa Bay was exploring the possibility of releasing Mason before the start of the NFL’s new league year, but instead found a trade partner.
The Bucs’ front office is trying to work through their salary cap issues, and the move to trade Mason saves the team more than $5 million.
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Mason joined the Bucs last March when the New England Patriots traded him to Tampa Bay in exchange for a fifth-round pick. Texans general manager Nick Caserio is certainly familiar with Mason since he played in Foxborough.
Mason has made 115 starts during his career.
The Texans added talent to their offensive unit Tuesday by signing wide receiver Noah Brown, ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler reported. Brown had a career-best 43 catches last season.
He also caught three touchdowns for the Cowboys in 2022.
Mason had a 92.7% pass block win rate late in the season. He gave up three sacks in 2022.
He reunited with quarterback Tom Brady in Tampa Bay after the departures of Alex Capa and Ali Marpet. Capa left in free agency and signed with the Bengals, while Marpet chose to retire.
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The Bucs have made several roster moves in an effort to cut costs, including releasing offensive tackle Donovan Smith, tight end Cameron Brett, and running back Leonard Fournette.
The team will likely need to add to the quarterback room as former second-round pick Kyle Trask is currently the only quarterback on the roster through 2023.