It seemed like a sure bet earlier in the week after former Raven Derrick Mason visited the Jets that he will never wear the purple and black again.
But not so fast.
Despite most media outlets assuming Mason would join Rex Ryan in New York after the team cut wideout Jerricho Cotchery, Aaron Wilson of Ravens Insider tweeted today that Mason is still thinking it all over.
The 37-year old wide receiver, cut by the Ravens after the new CBA, has collected interest from the New York Jets, the Tennessee Titans, and the Baltimore Ravens who are looking to bring him in for less than what he was originally supposed to make in 2011.
Mason is said to not only be looking at the football side of the decision, but also what is best for his family.
Even though he was the closest to a deal with Rex’s Jets, they have to be considered in last place out of the three teams.
If Mason is looking to what is best for his family, moving to New York wouldn’t make sense. Mason’s home is in Tennessee after spending the majority of his career with the Titans while his new home has been Baltimore.
And, according to Rich Cimini of ESPNNewYork.com, the Jets are offering the least amount of money to the veteran receiver.
No matter which of the three teams Mason chooses, he will not be the primary receiver. He had taken a backseat to Anquan Boldin last season in Baltimore, would be the third option in New York behind Santonio Holmes and Plaxico Burress, and (at least) second to Kenny Britt in Tennessee.
If Mason returns to Baltimore, it creates an interesting dynamic as to what the team then does with the negotiations with free agent receiver Malcolm Floyd. The Ravens and Floyd are reportedly decently close to a deal that would put the best available receiver in the purple and black. Would Baltimore use their Floyd money on Mason and be satisfied with another year of Boldin/Mason, or would they sign both and have Boldin/Floyd/Mason?
It could possibly be a race of sorts with whoever agrees first getting the money, meaning Mason could be the odd man out with his decision to mull things over.
Mason caught 61 passes last season for 802 yards and seven touchdowns.
Floyd, 30, caught 37 passes last season with the Chargers for 717 yards and six touchdowns.