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Ex-Patriots Player Opens Up About Tom Brady Reunion

A closeup shot of New England Patriots offensive lineman Shaq Mason.

PHILADELPHIA, PA - NOVEMBER 17: Shaq Mason #69 of the New England Patriots looks on against the Philadelphia Eagles at Lincoln Financial Field on November 17, 2019 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images)

In a move to open up cap space last week, the New England Patriots sent standout right guard Shaq Mason to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in exchange for a fifth-round pick.

With this move, Mason not only joins a title contender -- he's also reunited with his longtime former teammate Tom Brady.

"[Brady] texted me," Mason told reporters in Tampa, per NESN. "He was like, 'My guy's back with me. Ready to go.'"

Mason started 98 games and won two Super Bowls through his seven-year career with the Patriots. The first five years of that stint were spent protecting the pocket for Brady.

Though the trade initially came as a surprise, Mason seems pretty thrilled by his destination.

"When I heard about it, I was initially shocked, because it wasn’t on my mind at all or anything like that,” he said. “But when I knew the destination, I instantly got excited, because what better place to come to? What better position to land in? Being with a contender, high-powered offense, great defense, great staff. I feel like I landed in the perfect position.

“It’s a shock, but it’s definitely exciting to land in a spot like this with a winning organization and high-caliber standard," he added. "I’m excited to be here.”

Mason and Brady will chase yet another championship ring together with the Buccaneers.