The Patriots have a number of pending free agents that could present a new look at various positions in 2022. On the offensive line, tackle Trent Brown and guard/center Ted Karras are each set to hit the open market and are likely to gain outside interest.
On top of that, guard Shaq Mason has drawn interest from teams on the trade market, according to Andrew Callahan of the Boston Herald. The 29-year-old is currently under contract through 2023.
Mason counts for just over $10 million against the cap in 2022, according to Spotrac. Mason is a consistent guard as a run blocker and pass protector that would require a serious offer for New England to consider. The possible departures would take out three of five starters from the 2021 offensive line. As a result, the Patriots would likely prioritize Mason staying in Foxboro to stabilize the group up front.
Players like Mike Onwenu and Justin Herron may gather more attention with these uncertainties surrounding the future of the New England offensive line.