AFC East Rumors: Mason, McCoy, Jets

Some key names appear on the Patriots‘ 2019 prospective UFA list. Among them are Trey Flowers, Chris Hogan, Malcom Brown and now Danny Shelton. But a mainstay on the offensive line is entering his Pats walk year as well, and given what’s happened to the guard market the past two Marches, Shaq Mason can expect to see a number of offers if he reaches the market. However, the fourth-year guard would prefer to stay in New England, Kevin Duffy of the Boston Herald notes. If an extension isn’t reached this offseason, Duffy recalls the Pats’ past Nate Solder and Marcus Cannon re-ups, Cannon’s most recent one having occurred in November 2016.

A 2015 fourth-round pick, Mason is only entering his age-25 season. The Pats have traded away key players in recent years and let others, like Solder, walk in free agency. But Mason (No. 9 among guards last season, per Pro Football Focus) might be a cornerstone talent the team will want protecting Tom Brady‘s to-be-determined successor rather than joining Chandler Jones, Jamie Collins, Dion Lewis or Malcolm Butler among Patriots discoveries deemed non-essential to the future. It would almost certainly cost the Patriots eight figures per year to retain Mason, but Solder being off the books opens up a high-salary offensive line spot on the Pats’ payroll.

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7 comments on “AFC East Rumors: Mason, McCoy, Jets

  1. itslonelyatthetrop

    If a GM calls NE and offers a 1st Round pick for Gronk… I think they say, “Yes.”

    • gr8witebufalo

      I think it’s a first and something. Maybe nothing good but just more than a 1st.

      • Connorsoxfan

        I think they’d also have to get something to help them this season. Nothing can entirely offset his loss, but I can’t see them being ok with going 11-5 at best and having a throwaway season just to load up with next year’s draft.

        • bradthebluefish

          I can’t see it either, but so far that is the team. It’s an 11-5 team with no young QB and a bunch of offensive and defensive players missing.

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