A free Mason might interest Steelers

News that the Tennessee Titans are going to release veteran receiver Derrick Mason is good for the Steelers.

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 Bowl.

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 agent market.

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.

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