Monday, March 08, 2010

Derrick Mason's options slip sliding away

Baltimore Ravens News & Blogs by Tony Lombardi of

If Derrick Mason or his agent ask to borrow some money to play a high stakes game of Texas Hold ‘Em, run!

With the Ravens limited talent at wide receiver even with Mason, the team’s second all-time leading receiver thought he had the club boxed in. He thought he had Ozzie by the family jewels.


With one swiftly executed trade the Ravens receiving corps received a big shot in the arm. Anquan Boldin is a Raven and that acquisition coupled with the earlier roster addition of Donte Stallworth had to have left Mason and his agent with jaws wide open. Their negotiating leverage dissipated quickly – in a manner reminiscent of the other Oz’s Wicked Witch of the West.

So Mase, where you gonna run to now?


Bill Parcells just backed up the Brinks Truck and unloaded $43 million into Karlos Dansby’s lap and today that same truck could be working overtime as Steelers’ hard hitting safety Ryan Clark pays a visit. Will there be any left for Mason in South Florida?

How about New England? Isn’t Bill Belichick supposedly interested?

He might be, but where on the depth charts would Mason land? Moss is the No. 1 target while Wes Welker recovers and until he does, Julian Edelman is a very adequate substitute. So if Mason is No. 3 or 4 on the depth chart, what do you think the Patriots will pay the 36 year old receiver who happens to want a two year deal with upfront money?

And let’s keep in mind that for whatever reason, Mason turned down the Patriots back in 2005, preferring to catch passes from Kyle Boller instead of Tom Brady. Maybe Mase just doesn’t care for the Red Sox?

Might he go back to Tennessee? After all that is home for Mason.

The Titans have Nate Washington (a ’09 free agent signing), Kenny Britt (’09 No. 1 pick) and Justin Gage among the pass catchers in Vince Young’s receiving corps. Sure Mason could provide some veteran leadership but how often would he see the field? He might run into the same issues in Tennessee that he’d likely encounter in New England.

Is there anyone else out there who wants to give up a two year deal to a 36 year old possession receiver and pay him like a No. 2?

Speaking of pay, perhaps some of you have forgotten that back in 2005 the Ravens signed the then 31-year-old Mason to a five year deal worth $20 million that included a $7 million in guaranteed cha-ching. Five years later the Ravens give up $28 million over four years with $10 million guaranteed to the 29-year-old Boldin.

Seems like a fair deal to me…

But back to Mason, here’s how I think this will shake out.

Mason will come back, tail between his legs and plead with Ozzie to put the original deal back on the table. Ozzie will take back a little bit of the initial offer, claiming that some of the cash earmarked for Mason was reallocated to Boldin. Mason will then:

1. Happily accept and put the proper positive spin on it; or
2. Let foolish pride cloud his vision and accept a comparable offer from a team nowhere near as Super Bowl ready as the Ravens.

And then he can read his agent the riot act behind closed doors.

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Anonymous said...

Blah, blah, blah!!!

I hear what you are saying and can't really argue it but the bottom line is I just hope he comes back!

Nuff said!!!

Tony Lombardi said...

During the Anquan Boldin presser Ozzie said that he is leaving the door open for Mason's return but judging from THE WAY in which it was said, it won't happen any time soon, perhaps not at all.

Of course that could be Ozzie's poker face but reading between the lines if Mason returns it will be on the Ravens' terms.

Luigi said...

If you watch the body language of Ozzie today on MASN I have to say he hardly looked happy when the topic of Mason was brought up. I don't think he'll be back.

Anonymous said...

Let's hope both sides come to their senses. What a nice tandem Mason and Boldin would make. Mason's a warrior and a clutch player. Boldin and Clayton might not be any better than Mason and Clayton. Where else is Mason going to start and catch 80 balls a year. All this over probably $1M difference in guaranteed money. Stupid!!