It seems that Ravens “retired” wide receiver Derrick Mason may have a change of heart after all. This comes out after Ravens coach John Harbaugh spoke to Mason on the phone Tuesday night, and said that he is “optimistic and hopeful” that Mason will be there when the Ravens open training camp.
Mason on July 13th surprised the Ravens by announcing that he was walking away, ending his NFL career. At the time the 35-year-old Mason said that he was “ready to see what else life has to offer.” Now he may be ready to come back and try and help the Ravens get to where they fell one game short of getting to last season, the Super Bowl.
“I think it’s real honorable what he’s doing in the sense that it would be easy for a guy to just come in and go through the motions. Derrick does not want to go through the motions,” Harbaugh said Wednesday. “He wants to make sure he’s in the right frame of mind to compete at the level he’s competed at his whole career, which is a warrior-type level.
“He’s ready physically. He’s in good shape and he’s healthy. He just wants to decide if he’s mentally ready,” Harbaugh said. “It’s really open right now. I’m optimistic and hopeful that he’ll be there, but if he’s not there, we’ll be support and respect his decision either way.”
Mason last year caught 80 passes for 1,037 yards and five touchdowns. He also had 12 catches for 190 yards and a touchdown in three playoff games. The team is really without a true number one receiver without Mason, with right now just Mark Clayton and Demetrius Williams as the best two pass catchers on the roster.
“From a coaching standpoint, I think we have a chance to be a really good team, and if Derrick Mason is a part of it, that makes us even stronger,” Harbaugh said. “But if he’s not, we’re still going to be a really good team. It comes down to Derrick and where his mind is at. He’s the only one that can decide that.”
In the meantime while Mason thinks about it, the Ravens will have a tryout with four WR’s on Friday that includes Drew Bennett and D.J. Hackett.