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Old 07-13-2009, 04:53 PM   #1
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Default Ravens receiver Mason retires from NFL

Ravens receiver Mason retires from NFL
By Jamison Hensley | jamison.hensley@baltsun.com

In the most surprising move of the Ravens' offseason, wide receiver Derrick Mason has abruptly announced his retirement.

"I have had a tremendous career and I played for two great teams. I had fun," Mason told jocklife.com, a Web site that shares an office building with Mason's agent. "In my career, I have been able to do everything but win a Super Bowl. I've had the opportunity to play on great teams and with great players. After 12 years, I have seen it all and done it all," Mason said. "Right now, I am content with the decision I am making. All good things come to an end, and I am ready to see what else life has to offer."

Mason's retirement comes nine days after quarterback Steve McNair, a longtime friend and teammate, was shot and killed in Nashville, Tenn.

"I have been thinking about this since the season ended," Mason said. "Emotionally I am just not that enthused. I have not been that enthused to get up and work out ... it was getting to that point. This decision has nothing to do with the contract situation; I have made enough money, more than enough money. Emotionally there are things that are more important. It's time right now. I don't know what's going to happen from here, but it's going to be really nice to see what life has in store for me. What I want people to remember about my NFL career is that I played hard ... played hard in practice and the game. I tried to make everyone better and would do anything to help."

The Ravens didn't immediately respond to a phone call from The Baltimore Sun. That leaves the Ravens with Mark Clayton and Demetrius Williams as their top wide receivers.
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Old 07-13-2009, 04:57 PM   #2
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Another guy who did some damage against us over the years, but I still liked and respected him. Good luck, Derrick.
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Old 07-13-2009, 05:16 PM   #3
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Default Re: Ravens receiver Mason retires from NFL

The Ravens ignored the lack of depth at the WR position in the off-season. Mason wouldnt have been a #2 WR on alot of teams but was the #1 with the Ravens....so now unless they can land a player like Boldin...they are SCREWED!!!

As of now, their #1 WR is Mark Clayton who had 41 catches and 695 yards last year...Behind him is Yamon Figurs with a whopping 1 catch for 43 yards...and Marcus Smith with 0 receptions.

Now THAT is by far the worst WR corp in the game!!!
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Old 07-13-2009, 05:17 PM   #4
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Another guy who did some damage against us over the years, but I still liked and respected him. Good luck, Derrick.
I agree 100%.

I'd also like to add, HA! What are they going to do now????
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This might pose some issues for Mr. Flacco...
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Old 07-13-2009, 05:33 PM   #6
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Mason leaves huge void for Ravens
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July 13, 2009 6:07 PM

Posted by ESPN.com's James Walker

During the Baltimore Ravens' run to the AFC Championship Game last season, veteran receiver Derrick Mason developed into one of the team's most indispensible players.

Suddenly, that huge void needs to be filled just weeks before training camp as Mason announced his retirement before the 2009 season. Here is the full report from ESPN.com senior writer John Clayton.

So what's next for the Ravens? They have major work to do and in very little time.

Giving a call to veteran Marvin Harrison, who is the best free-agent receiver available, could be a good first step. In the past, signing Harrison didn't make sense for Baltimore because his skills as a possession receiver are very similar to Mason's. But with Mason gone Harrison, if healthy, has the ability to fill that void.

The Ravens will save $3 million off their cap with Mason's retirement, making a strong play for Harrison a possibility. Baltimore also has been mentioned in several trade scenarios involving disgruntled receivers such as Brandon Marshall and Anquan Boldin in the past, but nothing ever came to fruition.

Keep in mind that Baltimore is in the process of working out a long-term deal with Pro Bowl defensive end/linebacker Terrell Suggs, which is a huge priority. Suggs currently is playing on the franchise tag and the deadline to remove it is Wednesday.

But after a decision on Suggs is final, Baltimore needs to put all of its efforts into patching up the major void Mason leaves behind. The Ravens were one game away from the Super Bowl last season and have very high expectations, and fielding a starting receiving duo of Mark Clayton and possibly Demetrius Williams simply won't cut it.

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Gotta think the "Plax" threads are starting in the Ravens forums
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Old 07-13-2009, 06:13 PM   #8
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Another Steeler Killer and former Titan I had respect for.
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Downgrading the Rats to 7-9 next year...
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Buh bye Ratbirds!



I gotta admit, Mason and McNair were quite the combo.


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