“I’m coming to the end of my career,” Mason told Conor Orr of the Newark Star-Ledger. “I can still play a lot of good football, but I wanted to take every opportunity to try and win the Super Bowl and for me, this is the best place to try and do that. There were offers, sometimes you just have to see what outweighs, I’ve been going on 15 years now and funds were not No. 1 on my list so, No. 1 on my list was to win and to win quickly. There were other offers at other places but like I said, this was the best fit for me.”
Mason was shocked when the Ravens released him soon after the lockout ended.
“Was I blindsided? Yeah, I was,” he said. “When you’re blindsided yeah, you’re upset but that could be with any job where you felt you were going into a situation where you were on the cusp of something special and you never thought you would be released or fired — you would be upset.
“I had my moment but after that I understood. It’s the business of football. It’s happened to me before and it happened to me again.”
“I felt like I was in college again (talking to Rex),” he said, “you know when you have someone sitting across from you that understands and knows your work and knows that you can play this game and still play at a high level, that means a lot. And that’s what coach Rex basically echoed to me — ‘You can still play this game, I’ve seen tape. You can help us.’ And that’s all it took, was someone else believing…”