When Derrick Mason was said to be taking some time at his home in Nashville to decide whether he wanted to join the Baltimore Ravens, New York Jets, or the Tennessee Titans for the 2011 season, signs pointed favorably towards his return to the Baltimore receiving corp.
So much for that.
On Saturday afternoon, a day after Malcom Floyd opted not to sign with Baltimore, Derrick Mason decided to do the same, leaving money on the table, accepting a league minimum veteran’s contract for 2011 with the New York Jets.
Mason says his decision would be based upon what is best for his family and his career.
The 37-year old veteran will be a part of a Jets team that already made a splash this offseason in signing receivers Santonio Holmes and Plaxico Burress. Most assume Mason as the third receiver on the team, but head coach Rex Ryan disagrees, saying he will be a starter along side Burress and Holmes.
With both Mason and Floyd quickly off the table, the Ravens are now looking toward Jerricho Cotchery who was released by the Jets to make room for Mason. Cotchery has battled back injuries over the last year.
Currently, rookie Torrey Smith is the second receiver. Smith, a former University of Maryland player, impressed at Saturday’s open practice.