Two days after announcing his return to the NFL, Tom Brady will reunite with one of his former teammates in Tampa. The Buccaneers have acquired veteran Patriots guard Shaq Mason in exchange for a fifth-round pick, according to NFL Network.
A 2015 fourth-round pick, Mason piled up 111 starts during his seven years in New England. Mason, who saw time at both right and left guard, won two Super Bowls and three AFC titles during his run with New England, who also parted ways this offseason with veteran guard Ted Karras. Karras has reportedly inked a three-year deal with the defending AFC champion Bengals.
Speaking of the Bengals, Cincinnati reportedly signed former Buccaneers guard Alex Cappa to a four-year deal, which contributed to the Buccaneers’ acquisition of Mason. Tampa Bay was able to retain center Ryan Jensen, who announced that he was staying in Tampa hours after Brady announced that he was coming back for a 23rd season.
The Buccaneers have been busy during the NFL’s two-day legal tampering period. Among their notable moves included the reported signings of former Falcons receiver Russell Gage and the re-signing of cornerback Carlton Davis. Tampa Bay was unable to hold onto safety Jordan Whitehead, who reportedly inked a two-year deal with the Jets.