The Patriots are reportedly dealing guard Shaq Mason to the Buccaneers, according to multiple reports. New England will reportedly receive a fifth-rounder back in the deal.
Mason was drafted by the Patriots in the fourth round in 2015. He’s primarily played right guard, and started 15 games on the offensive line for New England last season.
The Patriots began the day by sending edge defender Chase Winovich to the Browns in exchange for inside linebacker Mack Wilson, according to a league source.
Winovich had a strong start in New England, registering 11 sacks over his first two seasons after being drafted in the third round in 2019. His snaps slipped significantly in 2021, playing just 10 percent of the defensive snaps and registering just 5 total tackles on the season. He appeared in 45 regular-season games over three seasons.
Winovich was a healthy scratch for the playoff loss in Buffalo, a harbinger of his future with the Patriots.
After news of the trade broke, Winovich posted a message on Twitter to say he was grateful for his time in New England.
I am so grateful for my experience in New England.
The love, spirit, and support have been absolutely unreal.
This entire region will always hold the most special of places in my heart.
The time is now for the next chapter of my journey.
— Chase Winovich (@Wino) March 15, 2022
Wilson, who like Winovich is in the final year of his rookie deal, was a rotational player in Cleveland’s defense. The Alabama product has 160 tackles in three seasons and his arrival provides insurance at the position in case Dont’a Hightower and Ja’Whaun Bentley don’t return for 2022.
Wilson, who was listed on the Browns roster at 6 feet 1 inch and 233 pounds, was drafted in the fifth round in 2019, and appeared in 43 regular-season games for Cleveland. In 2021, he had 26 solo tackles and 42 combined.
He was the leading tackler for Alabama in the national championship game after the 2017 season, making seven tackles and assisting five more in the Crimson Tide’s victory over Georgia.
In 2018, Wilson had one sack and two interceptions for Alabama, along with 71 total tackles.
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