The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are trading Shaq Mason to the Houston Texans just one year after acquiring the veteran guard from the New England Patriots. NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport reported that the Bucs are swapping their seventh-round selection for a Texans’ sixth-round pick in exchange for Mason. The deal comes as the Buccaneers continue to be linked to veteran quarterbacks in free agency while attempting to dig themselves out of a less than ideal cap situation.

Tampa Bay initially traded for Mason to help protect Tom Brady, but the deal is the latest in a series of cap saving moves made by the Bucs following the legendary quarterback’s retirement. Mason won two Super Bowls as part of a strong seven-year tenure with the Patriots.

The veteran is entering the final season of a five-year, $45 million contract and is slated to have a $7.5 million salary in 2023. According to ESPN’s Jenna Laine, Tampa Bay is opening up an additional $5 million in cap space by trading Mason.

“This is going to save about $5 million in cap space,” Laine tweeted on March 14, 2023. “The Bucs will have new starters at left tackle and now right guard in 2023.”

What Quarterback Move Will the Bucs Make? Tampa Bay Has Been Linked to Baker Mayfield & Jacoby Brissett

The Bucs are clearing cap space as the team looks to make a move at quarterback. The majority of big-name signal-callers are off the board, but Baker Mayfield headlines the group of remaining free agents. NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero reported that the Buccaneers are not the only team who is pursuing Mayfield.

“The Bucs are pursuing QB Baker Mayfield, but several other teams also have expressed interest in the former No. 1 overall pick, per sources,” Pelissero tweeted. “A lot of moving parts in the QB market an hour into the negotiating window.”

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