The Ravens were already concerned about their WR core, and now that concern will be even more pronounced as two-time Pro Bowl WR Derrick Mason has decided to retire.
“I have had a tremendous career and I played for two great teams, I had fun. 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 stated. “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.”
“I have been thinking about this since season ended. 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 35-year-old Mason was recently in the spot light speaking at the funeral of friend and former teammate Steve McNair. The wide out played his college ball at Michigan State before being drafted in the fourth-round of the 1997 NFL draft.
He played with the TennesseeOilers/ Titans up until 2004. In Tennessee, Mason finished his Titans career as the fourth-leading receiver in the team’s history with 453 receptions. In 2005 he came to the Ravens through free agency.
He lead the Ravens in every receiving category by setting a Ravens’ franchise record and career high with 103 receptions. Mason also became the first player in Ravens history with 100 receptions. Last year he had 80 catches for 1,037 yards and five TD’s.
Throughout his career, Mason played in 186 games, catching 790 passes for 10,061 yards and 52 touchdowns.