|BAL: Veteran WR Re-Signs|
by Adam Caplan of ScoutNFLNetwork.com, March 10, 2010 at 8:55 pm ET
Derrick Mason Profile
The Baltimore Ravens and veteran WR Derrick Mason have agreed to terms
on a two-year deal, the team announced. Mason is back for his sixth season with
"Every Ravens fan knows what Derrick brings to this team. It's reliability,
toughness, leadership, the fight to win, the want of the ball in the clutch
times. He has a two-year history with (starting QB) Joe (Flacco)
that says 'we know how to produce together.' They are on the same page," general
manager Ozzie Newsome said.
The 36-year old receiver has become a security blanket of sorts for Flacco in
his first two seasons behind center. The two have hooked up 153 times the past
two seasons for 2,065 yards and 12 scores.
"I'm getting myself ready to play football and help the Ravens win," stated
Mason, who registered 73 catches for a team-high 1,028 receiving yards for
Baltimore in 2009. "But, the first thing I am going to do is take my family on
vacation. I'll see everybody back in Baltimore soon."
Mason, who joined the Ravens in 2005, is the franchise's all-time leader in
receiving yards (4,975). He also ranks second in career receptions (410) and
receiving touchdowns (22). During his 13-year NFL career, Mason has played in
202 games, totaling 863 catches, 11,089 receiving yards and 59 receiving
touchdowns. One of just 17 players to record 850 catches in a career, he ranks
14th on the NFL's all-time receptions list.
The Ravens really have addressed the receiver position since their season ended
by acquiring veteran WR Anquan Boldin, signing free-agent WR Donte'
Stallworth, and re-signing Mason.
"This is outstanding – just great news for the Ravens. Our coaches are happy.
Derrick's teammates are happy, and you know Joe (Flacco) is smiling. Way to go
to Ozzie and Pat (Moriarty, vice president of football
administration) for getting this done. We would have lost something special if
Derrick had gone to another team. We have gotten better in the last couple of
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