With Plaxico Burress set to test the free agent waters, Mason not only throws another big-name receiver into the pot, but it also adds a receiver the Steelers may well want to replace Burress with.
Sure Mason turned 31 years old last week, but he's a guy who
has been very productive year-in and year-out, even when the
Titans didn't have much of a second option behind him, a big
reason why head coach Bill Cowher loves him.
A trio of Mason, Hines Ward and Antwaan Randle El would be
every bit as scary as one including Burress. And Mason - who
like Burress is a Michigan State graduate, thereby satisfying
Pittsburgh's Spartans' cheering section - may take a lower
salary to join the Steelers for another opportunity at a Super
If not Mason, then who else might interest the Steelers?
Forget about Oakland's Jerry Porter. He'll be too expensive and
the Steelers aren't going to be big market players on the free
Muhsin Muhammad, yet another Michigan State graduate, is also
not on the Steelers' radar. He, too, is looking to cash in on the
free agent market. And unlike Mason, whom he played with
collegiately, Muhammad has been banged up much more
throughout his career.
New England's David Patten, Houston's Corey Bradford and
Cincinnati's T.J. Houshmandzadeh could draw the Steelers'
interest, though Houshmandzadeh may get too costly.
Another intriguing prospect could be restricted free agent Cedric Wilson of San Francisco, a former sixth-round draft pick.
A sleeper would be veteran Joey Galloway, a native of nearby
Bellaire, Ohio. Galloway has had injury problems throughout his
career, but even at 33 remains a big-time deep threat. He could
be signed to a one-year deal, allowing the Steelers to take their
time grooming a young receiver obtained in the draft this year.
A free Mason might interest Steelers
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