NFL Free Agency: Derrick Mason, Cut By Ravens, Signs With Jets

Derrick Mason is the latest player who will reportedly be cut by the Ravens, following Todd Heap, Willis McGahee and Kelly Gregg.

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Jets WR Derrick Mason Felt 'Blindsided' By Ravens

Derrick Mason is now a member of the New York Jets after signing a free agent contract with the squad. He was cut by the Baltimore Ravens on July 28.

Mason voiced his disappointment with the way things ended in Baltimore, while also understanding that "it's just business."

"It’s the business of football, and I understand it.  Was I blindsided?  Yeah, I was, and when you’re blindsided, yeah, you’re upset about it.  It can be with any job.  If you felt that you were going into a situation where you were on the cusp of something special, and you never thought that you would be released, or fired, or what not, you would be a little bit upset, but I had my moment.  After that, I understood it’s the business of football.  It happened to me before, and it happened to me again.  It happens to everybody in this business, whether you’re great at your position or not.  You’re going to get released.  You just have to be able to deal with it as quickly as possible."

Mason's displeasure at being cut must be soothed by the fact that he's now a member of one of the most interesting wide receiver corps in the NFL and a team expected to vie for a Super Bowl.

For more on NFL free agency, check out SB Nation's comprehensive 2011 NFL free agency section. For more on the Jets, visit SB Nation New York and Gang Green Nation.


Derrick Mason Signs With New York Jets

Veteran wide receiver Derrick Mason was cut by the Baltimore Ravens on July 28. Now, he'll be looking for an elusive Super Bowl ring with another one of the AFC's powerhouses: He's signed with the New York Jets, tweeting "Jet fuel is full time to fly!!!!!" Saturday afternoon. The Carroll County Times' Aaron Wilson confirmed Mason's tweet, reporting that Mason sent out a release to reporters announcing the move.

Mason had been reportedly meeting with the Jets earlier this week, and the likelihood of him joining the Jets probably increased significantly when New York cut receiver Jerricho Cotchery.

Mason will likely replace Cotchery, joining Santonio Holmes and Plaxico Burress in a receiving corps that is packed with big names. Of those three, though, Mason's arguably been the most consistently productive wideout: in his 14 seasons with the Ravens and Tennessee Titans, Mason's had eight 1,000-yard campaigns, and he has caught more than 60 passes in every year since 2000.

That sort of reliability might be a boon for the Jets' Mark Sanchez, who could use a reliable wideout to go with Holmes, whose knack for the big play provides plenty of excitement and obscures his deficiencies as a possession receiver.

For more on NFL free agency, check out SB Nation's comprehensive 2011 NFL free agency section. For more on the Jets, visit SB Nation New York and Gang Green Nation.


Derrick Mason, New York Jets Reportedly Meeting

The New York Jets have done work in the 2011 NFL free agency period locking up WR Santonio Holmes to a long-term deal and bringing in free agent WR Plaxico Burress. The moves at receiver may not stop there as the team is reportedly bringing in WR Derrick Mason for a visit.

Mason, of course, was one of a number of veterans released from the Baltimore Ravens. There were some rumblings that he could return at a lower rate but maybe that won't happen. SB Nation's Gang Green Nation thinks that this could affect a couple of things with the Jets.

Getting Mason would probably change my feelings about a Cotchery trade. Sentimentally, I want Cotchery to stay. He is probably a better option in a vacuum. If Mason can come at a vastly cheaper price, and dealing Jerricho can free up cap room, it might be worth it.

Cotchery has been rumored to be on the market and, as GGN points out, acquiring Mason could lead them to dealing him. 

Mason is 37 years old so he's obviously a short-term fix but a good one. 2010 was the first year since 2001 that he didn't have 1,000 yards receiving so it's not like he hasn't been productive.

Will the Jets make another free agency splash? Stay tuned to Gang Green Nation for the latest


NFL Free Agency: Derrick Mason The Next Ravens Cut To Hit The Market

You kind of get the sense the Baltimore Ravens have had a post-lockout plan in place for quite a while now. After it was reported that Willis McGahee, Kelly Gregg and Todd Heap will all be shown the door, 37-year-old WR Derrick Mason is the latest soon-to-be ex-Raven, according to the Baltimore Sun's Jamison Hensley.

That's another $4.5 million in cap savings for the year, giving Baltimore enough flexibility to do just about anything they want during free agency.

Two-time Pro Bowler Mason has played for the Ravens since 2005. He's been effective even in his mid-30s, posting three-straight 1,000-yard seasons before producing an 802-yard 2010 opposite the team-leading Anquan Boldin. Baltimore does have a crop of under-30 wide receivers in rookies Torrey Smith and Tandon Doss, along with Marcus Smith and David Reed.

With all this turnover already, you have to wonder who's next on the line for the Ravens.

For more Ravens, head to Baltimore Beatdown.

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