Shaq Mason Traded To Houston

March 14th, 2023


The Bucs received the NFL’s equivalent of a share-size bag of Twizzlers this morning in their trade of Shaq Mason to the Houston Texans.

Per NFL Network, Tampa Bay’s compensation for their starting right guard is a sixth-round draft pick this year, but the Bucs are also giving up their seventh-round pick in the deal. So the Bucs will not get an extra pick; they’re just moving up from Round 7 to near the top of Round 6.

Mason turns 30 this summer and was acquired by the Bucs for a fifth-round pick in a 2022 trade with the Belicheats. He was a good pass protector but his run push didn’t seem to be special, and the Bucs were looking to create salary cap room.

Mason leaving is no surprise and Joe wrote about this 11 days ago and talked about it on the Ira Kaufman Podcast. The Bucs want Robert Hainsey and Luke Goedeke on the field and at guard is their first choice. Those guys are the March favorites to be your 2023 starting guards alongside Pro Bowl center Ryan Jensen.

For the record, Joe is not knocking a share-size bag of Twizzlers.

95 Responses to “Shaq Mason Traded To Houston”

  1. Jack Burton Mercer Says:

    Hainsey at LG and Goedeke at RG?

  2. D-Rok Says:

    In retrospect, I wonder if Mason is why the Bucs didn’t seem to favor running to the right last year??

  3. Iron-Wombat Says:

    home much cap space did that free up?

  4. Winny Testaverde Says:

    He served a purpose as a player Brady was familiar with. Mostly a salary dump…probably a smart move.

  5. Dooley Says:

    Also turned a 7th round pick into a 6th, we’re already moving up on the board. I’ve said it before, we don’t need 5-6 day 3 picks for guys who could very well hit the UDFA market. Still a ton of moving around to do in order to get some more day 2 picks.

  6. YucsBall Says:

    only a sixth and we traded a 7th? Yikes

  7. Thisisouryear!! Says:

    I think it’s great they were able to get something for him. I think I would still trade Jensen, Devin White and possibly Godwin. It would really help the future salary cap and I think we could get some quality picks there. Don’t get me wrong I love Godwin but I think we need to several day 2 picks to reload the offensive line and defense.

  8. #99 the Big fella Says:

    Better than releasing him outright

  9. gotbbucs Says:

    That works

  10. Andrew Fish Says:

    Hey Joe does this change his cap hit vs if he was released.

  11. Danbucsfan Says:

    Salary cap dump n now picking near top of round 6 for a sp teamer lol good job bucs

  12. Marine Buc Says:

    @ Iron

    Bucs save $5M…

  13. Andrew Fish Says:

    interesting. i can see the line play out like this and be happy with it. Wirfs, Leverette, Jensen, Hainsey, Goedeke. If we can run more and be efficient it will give these guys time to become a solid unit in the pass game. I really think Goedeke at RT is the answer. his natural college position and he showed he can play it the last game of the season. Hainsey and Leverette already proved they can play. Also resign Stinnie who has proven he can play guard for competition/depth.

  14. Letsbuccingo Says:

    Better than nothing I guess that’s why Belicheat traded him. And everyone thought Licht was a genius making the trade.

  15. tampabuscsbro Says:

    Seems like a crap way to trade one of the good O linemen to hope the turnstile second round pick can start playing football. just to save 5M.

  16. Steven007 Says:

    It was the right move at the right time. Younger and cheaper. And perhaps better, we will see. Maybe not past protection wise but they will likely no longer be protecting an immobile quarterback either.

  17. Danbucsfan Says:

    Now let’s pay LVD he has earned it and is heartbeat of our defense!! Do the right thing Licht!!

  18. Danbucsfan Says:

    Still can draft a rookie interior lineman in rounds 3-5

  19. JN Says:

    Like the move. Better than an out right cut. And every penny saved on cap is warranted. Still trying to figure out how they are going to sign an experienced, veteran QB when you see scrubs like Jaymiss, Stidham and White getting from 4 to 8M per year.

    To put things ($$$) in perspective – Gabbert made about 6.5M in total over last 4 seasons.

  20. Joe in Michigan Says:

    Danbucsfan Says:
    March 14th, 2023 at 10:25 am
    Still can draft a rookie interior lineman in rounds 3-5
    I see the Bucs drafting a Tackle, Goedeke (and his short arms, 32-1/4″) belongs at Guard, IMHO.

  21. Buc4evr Says:

    Good move, the guy didn’t have a “push” in the running game and is over priced. $5M in cap savings and a 6th rounder. Time to go with youth.

  22. T REX Says:

    Goedeke would have to improve 1000% to start

    That pick may have been a waste.

  23. TheBucsAnthem Says:

    Geez………..what happened to Shaq Mason being this great O-Lineman that we only move up one spot to the 6th round??????

    Seems like a desperate move on our GM Mr. Licht part to get so little for a good lineman……….sounds like Houston got one HELLUVA DEAL!!!!!

    If the goal were to save money and clear cap space….then mission Accomplished.

  24. Chris@Apple Roof Cleaning Tampa Says:

    We are lucky we got anything for him.

  25. Nicholas Carlson Says:

    Great deal

  26. kgh4life Says:

    Wasn’t Goedeke a turnstile at guard last season?

  27. Zacharie Mulharan Says:

    And how did our OL improve? Wow we gave a 5 last year for him and now trade him and a 7 for a 6. Where are the starters on OL. Where is the depth? Hainsey ok, Goedeke? He was poor all last season.

    Someone said sign Stinnie, dude tore his mcl and acl. Ugh no!

  28. Voice of Truth Says:

    Hoping this savings puts LVD back on the roster

  29. ACG2x Says:

    We got something of value – a higher pick- for a guy who everyone in the league knew we couldn’t keep because of the cap and is now on the other side of 30. Not sure how this is anything but a win for us.

  30. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    Better than nothing……we were dumping him anyway…….getting younger by the day….clearing cap…..getting it done, Jason.

  31. Beej Says:

    Mason isn’t suited to our future run scheme, this is the best outcome

  32. Allbuccedup Says:

    What about playoff Lenny?

  33. Cobraboy Says:

    Move up 32 picks to dump salary.

    Okey dokey, fine with me.

  34. Pewter Power Says:

    Nick Leverette is fiery I hope he can beat out Hainsey or Luke

  35. Brandon Says:

    You guys complaining are idiots. Either release him outright or get something/anything in return. We moved up from round 7 to round 6…. that’s something. The other option was nothing.

  36. ElioT Says:

    Good deal for both teams.

    – Clearing $5.3M in cap space
    – Trading up 51 spots in the draft

    Now the Bucs have two 5th rounders and three 6th rounders. – That’s some decent ammo to trade up into the 3rd or 4th round for someone they want.

    Nice job Jason!

  37. D-Rome Says:

    I guess Houston is now the place where careers go to die. It used to be Tampa for so long.

  38. Joey Strom Says:

    Good move. Better than releasing him, which is what they would have done.

  39. PewterPride Says:

    More cap space and draft capital sounds good to me. Mason was serviceable at best last year. If Goedeke beats out Leverette or Hainsey next year it will mean he’s shown some growth through the off season and training camp. We could still draft a guard in the mid to later rounds to push the group as a whole, or at least add some depth. Hoping one of the better Offensive Tackles or edge rushers fall to us in the first round.

  40. SlyPirate Says:


    R1: O’Cyrus Torrence
    R4: Andrew Vorhees

    Move Goedeke to OT and keep Hainsey as a backup and Jensen’s replacement.


  41. Rick Says:

    This is a steal, a pick at the top of the 6th round for a guy we were about to cut and didn’t really fit into our new scheme anyways….

  42. unbelievable Says:

    Meh, I guess its better than nothing but now we just have yet another hole to fill.

  43. WalkdaPlank Says:

    Better than getting nothing for him I guess, yeesh. Houston wins that trade.

  44. Marine Buc Says:

    Trading Shaq Mason basically paid for Jamel Dean’s 2023 salary and bonus.

    Good move.

    Shaq was below average, turning 30 and no longer fit our offensive scheme.

  45. Oxycondoms Says:

    Bucs purging older players. Not feeling confident bucs will keep him

  46. Trask To The Future Says:

    Bucs will be drafting OL in 1st round for sure.

  47. SB~LV Says:

    LOL….what a trader JL is

  48. SteveK Says:

    Great move.

    I heard 6th round QBs can come into the league with a ginormous chip on their shoulder, and if given a shot, they can seize the moment and become the best among the game.

    Go Bucs! Love this move. Move up around might get us something better. Or, as Licht has done, he can use this as Ammo to trade around.

  49. Goatfarmer Says:

    Goedonkey is a real and true matador. I understand needing to dump Mason’s contract, but Goedonkey is not an answer.

  50. Dooley Says:


    Vorhees(awesome football name) tore his ACL at the combine, but I’d still be interested in him partially because he’s a swing OLmen that had he not torn his ACL would at the latest be a day 2 pick, but in his time at USC has played 4 of 5 OL positions with success throughout his tenure. Good player, but crap situation getting hurt showcasing his talent at the combine.

  51. Statistically Insignificant Reader Says:

    Ok move. Squeezed something out of nothing. Stay the course Bucs.

  52. Ed Says:

    Better than nothing for a player that isn’t part of this rebuild

  53. Reality_Check Says:

    If I were Mason I’d be happy the organization traded me away from the incapable Kyle Trask. At least in Houston they are about to draft a real franchise QB he can protect

  54. DoooshLaRue Says:

    Dam good day for former Bucs’ kickers.

  55. Cobraboy Says:

    So Kendrick got 2 years @ 13.25mil. 6.5 a year.

    Maybe that sets a price for David.

  56. Jeff’s grandpa Says:

    Brady’s #1 fanboi won’t be happy since he’s a Bucs fan now

  57. Cobraboy Says:

    Matt Gay, $5mil a year. HA!

  58. mark2001 Says:

    Better than nothing…but not much better.

  59. Goatfarmer Says:

    The Gay Kicker – good for him. Maybe had the most historically bad missed FG ever against the Giants when he fat-shanked that chip shot after Jameis found Mikey deep. Should have been a heroic comeback after Bloweszo had his defense totally crater against rookie Daniel Jones.

    Bloweszo is horrible at coiching, in case anyone doesn’t know.

  60. HC Grover Says:

    They lost their minds.

  61. BucsFan81 Says:

    I get it they are trying to get more cap space but some of these moves are questionable. I mean they pretty much gutted the offensive line. Which the backups they want to use as starters suck even worse than smith and mason which they just dumped.

  62. lambchop Says:

    I guess Licht is that confident and comfortable in drafting a RG. I see the Bucs rolling with Wirfs at LT and Goedeke at RT.

  63. Goatfarmer Says:


    Sign the quarterback. Then I can go back to bitching full time about Bloweszo.

  64. Joe in Michigan Says:

    Goatfarmer Says:
    March 14th, 2023 at 11:39 am
    Goedonkey is a real and true matador. I understand needing to dump Mason’s contract, but Goedonkey is not an answer.
    Have you ever heard of a player improving upon his rookie year? Do you remember a guy named Alex Cappa? He got better with time.

  65. Goatfarmer Says:

    Joe in Michigan – ever heard of O’Neil Cousins?

    If Goedonkey is fortunate, that’s his career upside. You need to take something for that irritable Bowels syndrome of yours.

  66. BucsfanFred Says:

    Seeing as they were going to cut the guy anyway…..

  67. William Walls Says:

    I just hope no twizzlers were harmed during the writing of this article.

  68. Redeemer Says:

    Im not sure what games you people were watching, but Mason was not a problem on the line. Maybe overpaid, but I think he only let up one sack last season. You can’t expect one player to help a putrid running attack. Like has been. Said, this was a salay dump. They were never going to get more than a 5th.

  69. Mike C Says:

    So “Goatfarmer ” you a jaymiss fan?

  70. Mike C Says:

    Idk I think Goatfarmer is an old jaymiss troll in New troll clothing, man really sucks that 3 is going to be DeStRoYiNg us for the next 10 years L O L.

  71. Statguy Says:

    Houstons 6th is like a late 5th, which is what we gave up for him

  72. Defense Rules Says:

    It was inevitable that Mason would either be traded or released because of his salary.

    Somewhat ironic though that the Bucs used 11 different OLinemen last season (not counting Jensen & Stinnie). We just traded away the one who played in the most games and had the most offensive snaps. Everyone else either got hurt & missed games or couldn’t capitalize on the opportunity they were presented with.

  73. Statguy Says:

    We basically paid a 7th to get the pick back, 1 year rental and clear 5m cap

  74. Dooley Says:

    NO, do not move Goedeke to RT, keep him in the competition at BOTH guard spots and go draft us some tackles with the ideal measurements, footwork, and hand speed to actually not get cooked by NFL OLBs/DEs. You dont take a guy that struggled on the interior of the OL and put him in 1v1 matchups against NFL DEs/OLBs and just cross your fingers that he doesn’t get cooked

  75. OldTimer Says:

    Good Future Savings.

    Instead of paying him 9 million this year + 3ish million towards the cap next year(deadcap) we trade him and save about 7 million total between 2023 and 2024.

  76. chris bell Says:

    Goedeke was a rookie guys out of a smaller school playing a new position chill out before we use the B word

  77. Buccaneer Bonzai Says:

    YucsBall Says
    “only a sixth and we traded a 7th? Yikes”

    Was more about freeing cap space.

  78. Joe in Michigan Says:

    Goatfarmer Says:
    March 14th, 2023 at 12:49 pm
    Joe in Michigan – ever heard of O’Neil Cousins?
    Oneil Cousins was 30 years old when he played for the Bucs, not a rookie.

  79. Joe in Michigan Says:

    Dooley Says:
    March 14th, 2023 at 1:17 pm
    NO, do not move Goedeke to RT, keep him in the competition at BOTH guard spots and go draft us some tackles with the ideal measurements, footwork, and hand speed to actually not get cooked by NFL OLBs/DEs. You dont take a guy that struggled on the interior of the OL and put him in 1v1 matchups against NFL DEs/OLBs and just cross your fingers that he doesn’t get cooked
    Dooley, the voice of reason! Draft an OT.

  80. SKBucsFan Says:

    Definitely need to draft an LT with the first pick. There is some good depth available in this draft. Can also get another OG in Round 6.

  81. Arn Platz Says:

    Agree with Joe, O-line could be a strength next season. Question is who is replacing Donovan Smith?

  82. Marine Buc Says:

    @ DR

    We played more games poorly than any other Buc lineman.

    FTFY buddy…

    Shaq only allowed 1 sack but allowed 27 QB pressures and was even worse at run blocking with @ a 61 RBR.

    Plus – this move just paid for Jamel Dean… Who would you rather have?

  83. Dooley Says:

    @Joe in Michigan

    Yea, usually when collegiate tackles get pushed inside to the interior as pros, the next stop for them if they do not work out as Gs is the practice squad. Not saying that Goedeke stinks or cannot improve, but that’s alot of transitioning for a year 2 player that hasn’t started year 2 yet. As it stands, we’ve got 4 tackles, 3 guards and 2 centers(Jensen & Hainesy) on the roster. Draft a LT & G, add a whole bunch of UDFAs to that mix and let the competition sort things out. I just hope we can go into and come out of the preseason much healthier on the OL this summer than we were last year.

  84. rrsrq Says:

    Should’ve thrown in Ryan Succop instead of a 7th, because if we rolling with Succop, we better be red zone close

  85. Rod Munch Says:

    A bad move in my opinion, but doing the math, this trade could have been how they got the Dean deal done, so if that’s the case, then it’s a good move. But I’d have tried to find money somewhere else. Losing a good offensive lineman, for $4.5m in cap space, isn’t a good deal.

  86. geno711 Says:


    Trading Mason saves $5.3 million in cap this year, but also saves $1.08 million that was counting against cap each year in 2024, 2025, 2026.

  87. Rod Munch Says:

    geno711 – sorry, I got the cut and cap saving numbers backwards.

    As far as the cap saving for next year, I’m not sure. Spotrac says there is no further hit to the Bucs, yet OTC says the Bucs will still have the void year hit next year. My understanding of how void years work, is that it doesn’t transfer to the new team, that hit stays with whoever did the void year deal, meaning Tampa is still going to have to pay that. However, I could be wrong as I have yet to really see a detailed explanation of how this works.

  88. geno711 Says:

    My source was a guy named Greg (last name starts with Au and then ends with man). He is usually correct. But I am not sure.

  89. geno711 Says:

    Joe’s apparently do not like that dude because it would not let me post his full name.

  90. Rod Munch Says:

    geno711 – That’s funny, the filters they use here make no sense. For example, you can’t say the full name of the former Bucs WR J. Waston. Makes no sense.

    As for Greg, you’re correct, he’s normally right on all this stuff as I think he gets his info direct from the Bucs front office. So if he’s saying there are no further hits, then that’s good to know. Still, I’d rather have a solid starting offensive lineman over saving $5m, but the cap situation is extremely tight, in particular since the Fournette and Brate cuts don’t help you get under the cap by the deadline.

  91. PanthersSuck! Says:

    I love Twizzlers.

  92. The Beer Whisperer Says:

    The Bucs have a plan. But they don’t tell us what it is.
    They prolly figure, it’s none of our business.

  93. LongSeason Says:

    Licorice or strawberry?

  94. Ken Kistner Says:

    Does anyone know which 6th rd pick that Tampa Bay received from Houston?

  95. Ken Kistner Says:

    Considering that Tampa was going to cut him something (in this case) is better than nothing