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Week 14 Outlook
Shaq Mason has been acquired by the Texans in a trade with Tampa Bay.
Mason was rumored Monday to either be a trade or cut candidate, and the Buccaneers were able to find a trade partner. While the return is not immediately know, it is a positive move for both sides. Tampa Bay will be able to shed some cap space and Houston will get an excellent guard to protect their incoming rookie quarterback.
The Buccaneers are exploring trading or cutting Shaq Mason. Mason currently carries a $9.6 million cap hit.
Mason could be a cap casualty for Tampa Bay, who need to clear cap room. The 29-year-old is likely to be moved at some point this off-season, with a team having an opportunity to bring in a good addition to their offensive line.
Per Field Yates, the Patriots are trading guard Shaq Mason to the Buccaneers in exchange for a fifth-round pick.
This move gives Tampa Bay an excellent replacement for their former Pro-Bowl guard Ali Marpet who recently retired. Mason is a two-time Super Bowl champion and already has a great rapport with quarterback Tom Brady who decided retirement does not suit him. A solidified offense line will help the run-game and obviously help keep Brady upright which in turn will be beneficial for the Bucs receiving weapons.
The Patriots have ruled out starting G Shaq Mason for Week 17 with a calf injury.
Mason has been a solid contributor for the Patriots offensive line since signing a five-year $50M extension in 2018. He was a little banged up and missed time in 2020 and looks to bounce back and have a healthy 2021.
OG Shaq Mason has agreed to a 5-year, $50 Million contract extension with the New England Patriots, with $23.5 Million guaranteed.
Mason received an 81.6 grade from Pro Football Focus in 2017, ranking him 4th among offensive guards, and he is now one of the highest-paid offensive guards in football as a result. While no one likely has Mason on their fantasy teams, this news is good for the skill position players, particularly the running backs including Sony Michel and Rex Burkhead. Offensive line play is very important for running back success, and Mason is a key piece of the Patriots' line.