Houston Texans beef up offensive line by trading with Buccaneers

Texans trade for guard Shaq Mason. Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images.

The Houston Texans needed some help on the offensive line and they addressed it by trading for Tampa Bay guard Shaq Mason on Tuesday.

This deal is basically a salary dump for the Buccaneers, as they are receiving a 6th round pick and sending Mason and a 7th rounder to Houston. This trade clears about $5 million in salary cap for Tampa, and the Texans get an upgrade at guard.

Mason will be 30 years old when the season begins and he started all 17 games for the Bucs in 2022.

Texans GM Nick Caserio is very familiar with Mason, as he was with the Patriots when Mason was drafted in 2015.

Houston looks pretty solid at the guard and tackle positions, with Laremy Tunsil, Tytus Howard, Kenyon Green, and now Mason.

It looks like the Texans are moving on from guard AJ Cann, per Aaron Wilson.

Hopefully, the Texans can address center next, either in free agency or the draft. The team re-signed center Scott Quessenberry recently, but his performance last season confirmed his level of play is not suited to be a starter.

The Texans also added free agent safety/slot corner Jimmie Ward on Monday night. Ward should fit right in to the Texans new defense, having played for DeMeco Ryans in San Francisco. The deal is for 2-years, $13 million.

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