2023 is going to be quite a different year for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Now that Tom Brady will no longer be in town, Todd Bowles and the front office could look to make a couple of moves to smooth the transition, but that most likely means parting ways with several veterans.
According to ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler, the Bucs are reportedly shopping guard Shaq Mason, who just arrived with the team last offseason, to be reunited with Brady again after their successful Patriots tenure.
The #Bucs are exploring trade possibilities with guard Shaq Mason, per sources. With a $9.6M cap hit, Mason could become a cap casualty for the cap-strapped Bucs. A quality guard appears ready to enter the market.
— Jeremy Fowler (@JFowlerESPN) March 13, 2023
Just like it happens with almost every single team in the NFL at this point in the offseason, Mason’s exit would mostly be due to salary cap purposes.
The Buccaneers are under the cap, but they need to make several salary-dumping moves in the next couple of weeks before the NFL Draft.
But as much as moving on from Mason would help them from a financial standpoint, it could also be a massive blow for an offensive line that struggled vastly to protect their quarterback for most of the season, especially without veteran star Ryan Jensen.
The Bucs might look to be a younger team going forward, but that could also depend on whether they’re able to land a starting-caliber quarterback in the offseason.
They currently only have Kyle Trask under contract, and rumor has it that they’re looking forward to making a run at former first-overall pick Baker Mayfield.
Notably, he might not be interested in playing for a team that won’t be able to keep him safe.NEXT: Buccaneers Veteran Is Expected To Test Free Agency