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Ravens wide receiver Derrick Mason retires

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Baltimore Ravens veteran wide receiver Derrick Mason, 35, abruptly announced his plans to retire from the NFL, releasing a statement late this afternoon.

The two-time Pro Bowl wide receiver had his labrum and scapula surgically repaired during the offseason, but this isn’t believed to be an injury-related decision.

“I have had a tremendous career and I played for two great teams, I had fun,” Mason told Jocklife.com. “In my career, I have been able to do everything but win a Super Bowl. I’ve had the opportunity to play on great teams and with great players. After 12 years, I have seen it all and done it all. Right now, I am content with the decision I am making. All good things come to an end and I am ready to see what else life has to offer.”

“I have been thinking about this since season ended. Emotionally I am just not that enthused. I have not been that enthused to get up and work out…it was getting to that point.”

Mason had lobbied the Ravens for a contract extension after last season. Team officials had indicated that they were amenable to that request, but nothing was imminent. 

“This decision has nothing to do with the contract situation,” Mason said. “I have made enough money, more than enough money. Emotionally there are things that are more important.

“It’s time right now. I don’t know what’s going to happen from here, but it’s going to be really nice to see what life has in store for me. What I want people to remember about my NFL career is that I played hard…played hard in practice and the game. I tried to make everyone better and would do anything to help.”

Last season, Mason battled the shoulder injury and still caught 80 passes for 1,037 yards and five touchdowns. For his career, he caught 790 passes for 10,061 yards and 52 touchdowns.

With Mason retiring, the Ravens will likely have to go with Mark Clayton and Demetrius Williams as their top wide receivers.

The Ravens explored a trade for Anquan Boldin during the offseason, but ultimately passed due to high trade compensation demands as well as Boldin’s asking price.

They were linked to Brandon Marshall, but never seriously got involved in a bid for the Denver Broncos’ trouble-prone wideout.

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27 Responses to “Ravens wide receiver Derrick Mason retires”
  1. Big Stretch says: Jul 13, 2009 5:35 PM

    We can only hope Favre is paying attention.
    stay classy D-Mason

  2. titan_fan says: Jul 13, 2009 5:38 PM

    Whoops! Bet Flacco has a sophomore slump…

  3. eeerockski says: Jul 13, 2009 5:40 PM

    Something tells me Marvin Harrison will be recieving a phone call from Baltimore very soon if he hasn’t already.

  4. JustinG says: Jul 13, 2009 5:40 PM

    Derrick Mason is a classy dude. I think he may be retiring a year or two early but thats only because the guy is so clutch it’s hard to imagine him not being effective.

  5. RavensFan31 says: Jul 13, 2009 5:41 PM

    As a Ravens fan….We’re screwed. But having met Derrick Mason many times around town, he was a great guy and a definite gamer on the field. His leadership in the locker room and on the field will be missed. And hopefully the Wizard of Oz has something up his sleeve…..and that something hopefully is not named Plaxico.

  6. Terrell Blowens says: Jul 13, 2009 5:43 PM

    I am pretty sure the Ravens will look into getting Burress, Marshall, or Boldin. I expect trade talks to heat up in the next week

  7. ZombieRevolution says: Jul 13, 2009 5:53 PM

    Mason did not seem to have the elite skill set, but he played with passion. He will be missed. You have to wonder how much the McNair situation factored into this….

  8. FinHead says: Jul 13, 2009 5:56 PM

    You gotta think he had this thought since his old QB McNair died so suddenly. That must of really put things in perspective for him, not to mention take the emotion out of most everything else – including football.

  9. TimTheEnchanter says: Jul 13, 2009 5:56 PM

    Nooooooooo!!!!!!!!!!

  10. jbuzz31 says: Jul 13, 2009 5:57 PM

    I wonder how long before they start calling Amani Toomer?

  11. William Wallace says: Jul 13, 2009 5:59 PM

    I wonder if it has anything to do with McNair.
    Maybe that was a wake-up call…

  12. WilsonFisk says: Jul 13, 2009 6:00 PM

    Anyone else think the McNair situation had a major effect on this decision? They were known to be close friends..I cannot imagine being able to get up for another season with the recent passing of such a close friend.

  13. WorldChampionBears2009 says: Jul 13, 2009 6:03 PM

    Kind of saw that coming after McNair’s death.

  14. aaron wilson HATES comments says: Jul 13, 2009 6:04 PM

    6-10 at best this year

  15. EdReed4prez says: Jul 13, 2009 6:07 PM

    Thanks for the advance notice derrick, way to give us time to get a guy.

  16. utbutte says: Jul 13, 2009 6:11 PM

    Oh Boy. Just wait a bit……here it comes. Yet ANOTHER grinning, bobblehead runnymouth will be signed up to pontificate and anoint you all with his football wisdom and Insights on yet ANOTHER embarassingly stupid TV sports show. It shall be ever thus.
    Don’t go away, you dimbulb couch potatoes–
    we’ll be back with more after these messages.
    Quick, go grab another beer.

  17. DoomsDayD75 says: Jul 13, 2009 6:21 PM

    Just sign Matt Jones already.

  18. RavensFan31 says: Jul 13, 2009 6:22 PM

    “Oh Boy. Just wait a bit……here it comes. Yet ANOTHER grinning, bobblehead runnymouth will be signed up to pontificate and anoint you all with his football wisdom and Insights on yet ANOTHER embarassingly stupid TV sports show. It shall be ever thus.
    Don’t go away, you dimbulb couch potatoes–
    we’ll be back with more after these messages.
    Quick, go grab another beer. ”
    What the hell is utbutte trying to say? What a jacka$$

  19. Gautam says: Jul 13, 2009 6:36 PM

    I wonder if losing a close friend like McNair had something to do with this.
    may be he wants to spend more time with the family ?

  20. pocket says: Jul 13, 2009 7:36 PM

    6-10 at best this year. That is hilarious not going to go below .500 . I love peoples lack of knowledge and belief in a team because of one move. This organization is top 5 if not top 3 along side the pats and steelers. And Oz is the best GM in the game so. Flow with the go, he knows how to make moves. With the TE, Oline, Defense, teams, and wrs that can run decent routes in house, a good training camp and meshing with the joe and bringing in some veteran presence to replace mason from a competitive stand point won’t negate the process, only get them better.
    WRs aren’t a house hold name till they break out; get wide and make a few plays. Demetrius is ready to break out, watch the early season game film. Have kelley washington, marcus smith. Go 4 wr sets and have 3 good TEs, a lot of weapons for CAM. Joe is bright enough and puts in the time a QB should to make it work.
    -Kris

  21. gameday says: Jul 13, 2009 7:50 PM

    utbutte says:
    July 13, 2009 6:11 PM
    Oh Boy. Just wait a bit……here it comes. Yet ANOTHER grinning, bobblehead runnymouth will be signed up to pontificate and anoint you all with his football wisdom and Insights on yet ANOTHER embarassingly stupid TV sports show. It shall be ever thus.
    Don’t go away, you dimbulb couch potatoes–
    we’ll be back with more after these messages.
    Quick, go grab another beer.
    **************************************
    WTF?????????????????????
    Put down that glass pipe man, you make no sense at all!

  22. Jungle Juice says: Jul 13, 2009 8:09 PM

    The Ravens have lost a few good players. Maybe it will be the Steelers and Bengals fighting for the AFC North

  23. McNabb2JacksonAllDay says: Jul 13, 2009 8:48 PM

    He is probably just distraught after losing his good friend Steve McNair. This may have been a rash decision for Mason made in a depressed state shortly after McNair’s funeral. He may comeback towards the end of training camp this year, or he may remain retired. The loss of someone close to you has a way of making yourself re-analyze your priorities in life.

  24. Roethlisberger's Bitch Tits says: Jul 13, 2009 11:44 PM

    It’s official Baltimore will suck this year like they do every odd year. Pitt and Cincy will be fighting it out in the North this season. Flacco is so primed for a sophomore slump its not even funny. Baltimore will have one of the worst offenses in the conference this year. EdReed4Prez, thats what you get for being such an ignorant troll, your arrogant mouth the past few weeks on your rivals boards has come back to punch you dead in the ballsack. Good luck this year, but not really.

  25. tkebean says: Jul 14, 2009 7:21 AM

    Well, Mason just handed the AFC North title to the Steelers. Demetrius Williams as a #2??? He might be healthy 4 games. He should be no higher than a 3 on any teams depth chart. This offense is going to be terrible. Flacco will see 8 in the box at all times without any sort of outside threat. Clayton can’t and won’t draw any double coverages. Flacco will be lucky to get 2,500 passing yards in his sophmore year. They’ll still have a great defense but the offense is going to be terrible. Maybe next year Baltimore.

  26. Bmore1974 says: Jul 14, 2009 8:40 AM

    We”ll get by. Hopefully the Wizard of Oz can do some free agent magic, and find us someone. Derrick was a classy guy that played hard. He’ll be missed. Hopefully Flacco has been spending some time with all the receivers and tight ends to get some timing down….

  27. tj...hoosyourmamma says: Jul 14, 2009 3:02 PM

    # utbutte says: July 13, 2009 6:11 PM
    Oh Boy. Just wait a bit……here it comes. Yet ANOTHER grinning, bobblehead runnymouth will be signed up to pontificate and anoint you all with his football wisdom and Insights on yet ANOTHER embarassingly stupid TV sports show. It shall be ever thus.
    Don’t go away, you dimbulb couch potatoes–
    we’ll be back with more after these messages.
    Quick, go grab another beer.
    *********************************************************
    CONGRATULATIONS!!!!!!! You are the Next Miss South Carolina!

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