Derrick Mason’s retirement Monday caught a lot of people by surprise, including the Ravens.
Judging by Mason’s comments to ESPN later Monday afternoon, the door may not be completely closed just yet on playing this season.
“Right now I’m 99 percent sure,” Mason said.
After saying that, Mason insisted the Ravens couldn’t do anything to change his mind. And if things do change, it will only be because he changed his mind on his own.
Both Mason and his agent said that his contract situation was not a factor in his decision. Mason’s representatives asked for a contract extension earlier this offseason.
Mason’s comments this afternoon may be the last we hear for a while. His agent C. Lamont Smith asked that the media refrain from requesting interviews for two weeks.
Smith also said that Mason made his decision to retire Friday, but wanted to delay the announcement out of respect to his fallen friend Steve McNair.