Buccaneers Rumors: Shaq Mason Restructures Contract, Saves $6M in Cap Space

Doric SamSeptember 6, 2022

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The Tampa Bay Buccaneers made a cost-saving move on Tuesday.

According to ESPN's Adam Schefter, the Bucs restructured the contract of offensive lineman Shaq Mason, which allowed the team to save $6 million against the cap for the upcoming 2022 season.

Mason was traded to Tampa Bay in March from the New England Patriots, who selected him in the fourth round of the 2015 draft. He signed a five-year, $50 million contract extension with the Patriots in 2018. The Georgia Tech alum won two Super Bowl titles during his run in New England.

Joining the Buccaneers gives Mason a strong chance at adding a third championship ring to his collection. He is reunited with legendary quarterback Tom Brady, who was his teammate in New England. The 45-year-old had retired briefly earlier this offseason, but he's back for a 22nd season to chase another title.

Tampa Bay is expected to be one of the top contenders in the NFC this season, but the team has faced some early adversity. Pro Bowl center Ryan Jensen is out indefinitely after suffering a knee injury early in training camp. The Bucs also lost starting guard Alex Cappa in free agency, adding to the uncertainty on the offensive line.

Still, Brady's presence is expected to be enough to power the Tampa Bay offense to success, as long as his protection holds up. The onus is on Mason and company to consistently create a clean pocket for the veteran signal-caller.

The Buccaneers will begin their quest for a second Super Bowl title in three years on Sunday against the Dallas Cowboys.


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