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Derrick Mason returns to Ravens

There’s room for Derrick Mason and Anquan Boldin in Baltimore.

A league source tells PFT’s Mike Florio that Mason has agreed to terms on a new deal with the Ravens.  Contract terms are uncertain.

Mason will join Boldin, Donte’ Stallworth, and Mark Clayton in a vastly improved Ravens receiver group. 

UPDATE: It’s a two-year deal. ” Every Ravens fan knows what Derrick brings to this team,” G.M. Ozzie Newsome said.  “It’s
reliability, toughness, leadership, the fight to win, the want of the
ball in the clutch times.”

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47 Responses to “Derrick Mason returns to Ravens”
  1. JP says: Mar 10, 2010 8:22 PM

    Um… I don’t think “Donte Stallworth” and “vastly improved receiver group” really belong in the same sentence. Ever. Unless it is phrased something like, “DESPITE having Donte Stallworth, the Ravens receiver corps is vastly improved…”

  2. Laxer37 says: Mar 10, 2010 8:22 PM

    Great move, Mason gets the team an AARP discount on their team flights.

  3. Al Davis' 40 Time says: Mar 10, 2010 8:23 PM

    Donte’ Stallworth doesn’t mean vastly improved unless you’re Al Davis.

  4. downwithdansnyder says: Mar 10, 2010 8:23 PM

    Snyder really screwed up. Not that he would have worked for Danny Boy, but Snyder should have handed a blank check and a point of ownership to get Ozzie from Baltimore. Ughh…

  5. Crabcake says: Mar 10, 2010 8:23 PM

    Ray to Q “It’s in Dallas this year baby”

  6. this class sucks says: Mar 10, 2010 8:25 PM

    I said it earlier, AFC North has the best WRs of any division.

  7. rjgreen3 says: Mar 10, 2010 8:26 PM

    where else was he going to sign? he needs the ravens just as much as they need him!

  8. RavensFreak00 says: Mar 10, 2010 8:27 PM

    We still need to draft a receiver somewhere in this draft. But, this has the potential to be a very good offense next year(keyword potential).

  9. cletus mckracker says: Mar 10, 2010 8:30 PM

    the ravens are gonna kick some ass this year. flacco should be amped for the upcoming season.

  10. nflisking says: Mar 10, 2010 8:32 PM


  11. CrowdChant says: Mar 10, 2010 8:35 PM

    While Joe Flacco performed decently this past season, there will be no blaming the receivers this year if he doesn’t improve significantly.
    At least the Ravens organzation is finally giving him the tools to succeed. Next priority is revitalizing the aging defense.

  12. Ramblebrook says: Mar 10, 2010 8:38 PM

    Finally, we can stop forcing Mason to play multiple WR positions and put him in the slot where he can help the ravens the most. Boldin as the main threat, Stallworth down the side line and Mason across the middle a-la Wes Welker.
    Hell has frozen over. The Ravens have franchise QB and a legit receiving core. I don’t even recognize this team anymore.

  13. ravenator says: Mar 10, 2010 8:39 PM

    Huge. I couldn’t understand all the baloney about how mason isn’t a priority anymore. It made no sense. Acquiring Anquan really turns mason into something special in our offense. Unless you watch him every week you can’t fully understand how effective he is, and how difficult he is to cover one on one, which he will see more of in this offense.

  14. Ravenmuscle says: Mar 10, 2010 8:42 PM

    One thing for sure. This makes the Steeler receiving group the GARBAGE of the AFC North.
    Especially with Rapistbugger leading the way. Man..he is one ugly dude.

  15. LeeroyJenkins says: Mar 10, 2010 8:43 PM

    Miami Fan here thinking the Ravens/Ozzie made some strong moves.

  16. Ravenmaniac says: Mar 10, 2010 8:46 PM

    C’mon Laxer……we evaluated your secondary and found we only needed AARP rated receivers.

  17. emmac13 says: Mar 10, 2010 8:48 PM

    Good for Flacco.

  18. doe22us says: Mar 10, 2010 8:50 PM

    There is no one that Flacco looks to than Mason, good signing to retain him.. He still balls at 36

  19. habibfromnewdehli says: Mar 10, 2010 8:58 PM

    Ravens need to ditch Clayton and RE-SIGN KELLEY WASHINGTON NOW!

  20. kazkal says: Mar 10, 2010 9:00 PM

    Eh AFCnorth has most overrated WRs…I’d say the AFCsouth has the best…Colts,Texans & Titans (who not quite there yet but alot good young talent.

  21. ppdoc13 says: Mar 10, 2010 9:09 PM

    This is big for the Ravens. Trading Mason for Boldin was an upgrade because of Boldin’s size and YAC, but getting Boldin and keeping our best receiver will make a huge difference. Now we draft a young guy to develop or a TE to develop under Heap in the first round. With Ray Rice, McClain, and Magahee we have the best running game in the AFC North. Now with Boldin and Mason coming back we can at least compete at the WR position. This is huge for Flacco’s development.

  22. kingkolb says: Mar 10, 2010 9:21 PM

    AFC North has the best WRs?? How the hell do the Browns have? Because the Eagles, Giants, and Cowboys each have a number one WR better than every WR in the AFC North….
    S Smith
    Ocho Cinco?
    You’re high….

  23. Ravens Macg says: Mar 10, 2010 9:27 PM

    Derrick Mason willl no longer be double covered! Let Joe Flacco roll!!!

  24. stiller43 says: Mar 10, 2010 9:38 PM

    Mason will join Boldin, Donte’ Stallworth, and Mark Clayton in a vastly improved Ravens receiver group.
    You do realize that this group is:
    —–Mason a year older
    —–Stallworth, on his 5th team in 5 seasons and has problems staying healthy
    —–Boldin who also has problems staying healthy.
    And I don’t even need to mention how worthless Mark Clayton is.
    I don’t know what vastly improved means to you, but I think you need to redefine it.

  25. DoctorK says: Mar 10, 2010 9:47 PM

    Anquan who?

  26. Cameltoecleavage says: Mar 10, 2010 9:49 PM

    Your high if u think s smith or one year wonder Austin is better then proven 3 time pro bowler anquan bouldin your a Turd for that statement, certified

  27. Cameltoecleavage says: Mar 10, 2010 9:52 PM

    Your high if u think s smith or one year wonder Austin is better then proven 3 time pro bowler anquan bouldin your a Turd for that statement, certified

  28. steeelfann says: Mar 10, 2010 9:54 PM

    Let’s see………..I mean really see…………
    The Ravens now have:
    A. One of the most overrated QB’s in his first two years ever. Look up his stats. Flacco is lucky he has Ray Rice and a pretty good line.
    B. Stallworth – What did he ever do except for being drafted in Round 1? Anyone?
    C. Boldin – Good, physical, but a possession receiver
    D. Mason – His skills are declining faster than Jamarcus Russell can clean out a buffet
    E. Clayton – Average NFL starter, always has been, always will be.
    That my friends is the truth. Maybe they are better receivers than last year…….but soooooo?

  29. Noah says: Mar 10, 2010 9:55 PM

    Since when has Mason ever showed age? So he gets hurt a little, he is still a great possession receiver. Boldin is a proven 3 time pro bowler. Stallworth is a slot experiment, and won’t play much in the Ravens’ system anyway.
    Oh, and did I mention the amazing running back Ray Rice? He’s pretty good at pass-catching, too, but I don’t need to tell that to James Farrior (4th and 5, 30 yd gain).

  30. rjgreen3 says: Mar 10, 2010 10:16 PM


  31. ppdoc13 says: Mar 10, 2010 10:19 PM

    @stiller43 – if I were you, I would be more worried about who was going to be throwing to my receivers this year than about Mason’s age and Boldin’s health.
    If Rapistburger is indicted in the sexual predator case, the NFL will have no choice but to suspend him. They set the precedent when they suspended Vick for being indicted in the dog case. And you can bet if they suspend the bigtime black QB for being indicted they better will do the same for the bigtime white QB who is a sexual predator rather than a dog killer.
    Went to Burger King the other day. Ordered a Rothleisburger without the rape. Got told “Sorry, it doesn’t come that way.”

  32. The Rural Juror says: Mar 10, 2010 10:22 PM

    Someone bookmark this thread for when the ravens roll the stillers this year…

  33. floriohatestheravens says: Mar 10, 2010 10:41 PM

    Great job to get Mason back, which adds even more value to the Boldin trade.
    Another strong move by perhaps the most well-run organization in the NFL….

  34. Laxer37 says: Mar 10, 2010 10:49 PM

    Congrats you guys got better at WR. No question about it.
    But how many Superbowl MVP’s do you guys have starting at WR?
    The Steelers have two. Add 4.2 speed of Mike Wallace and posetion skills of Randle El and it should be fun to watch them all running free in the Ravens secondary without Ed Reed back there!

  35. jamaltimore says: Mar 10, 2010 11:14 PM

    boldoin, mason HOFer!!!, stallworth, clayton, kelly washingtion, mixed in with Heap and 1st Round tight end/wr on the outside PLUS, #27RR ,#23 What you talkin about and LE RON up the Middle!!
    If Flacco is half the QB he’s showed so far I don’t see how, other than major injuries, they don’t dominate next year.
    I’m a homer and he’s acknowledged some of his own faults, but over time any team would Select OZZIE Newsome in the top 3 of the GM draft!
    EFF THE Team who’s QB’s a Sexual Predator! GO RAVENS!

  36. BaltimoreRavens says: Mar 10, 2010 11:25 PM

    @ steeelfann who said:
    The ravens have
    “A. One of the most overrated QB’s in his first two years ever. Look up his stats. Flacco is lucky he has Ray Rice and a pretty good line.”
    Flacco has better stats in his first two years than Tom Brady AND Peyton Manning had in their first two years. Flacco is the first QB to ever win two playoff games as a rookie.
    In a city where the best QB we’ve ever had was a guy named Testaverde why can’t we be excited and hopeful for our youngster Joe Flacco?

  37. brawltimore says: Mar 10, 2010 11:35 PM

    @Laxer37 WTF does having Super Bowl MVP’s have to do with anything? Larry Brown and Desmond Howard are SB MVP’s does that garner any more respect for them outside of that game?
    Nobody gives a crap about the past.
    In 2010, The Ravens have improved and by the comments of this post Steelers fans are terrified.

  38. dannylaruso says: Mar 10, 2010 11:36 PM

    steeelfann says: March 10, 2010 9:54 PM
    Let’s see………..I mean really see…………
    That my friends is the truth. Maybe they are better receivers than last year…….but soooooo?
    Sooooooo, is that the receiving core has vastly improved, and after making runs in the past 2 playoffs, the ravens have made the moves to make a legit run. Deal with it.

  39. Quoththeraven says: Mar 11, 2010 3:21 AM

    “In a city where the best QB we’ve ever had was a guy named Testaverde why can’t we be excited and hopeful for our youngster Joe Flacco?”
    Im excited and hopeful for Joe Flacco, but that guy named Testaverde doesnt hold a candle to the legendary JOHNNY U in this city!

  40. golongboyee says: Mar 11, 2010 4:42 AM

    steeelfann = Total Loser & Absolute Moron!

  41. stone says: Mar 11, 2010 5:14 AM

    We can beat Pittsburgh with just Rice & Mclain, not to mention the addition of Boldin who will quickly become a stiller killer. It’s hard to believe a guy who helped his team win two superbowls, (althought the official’s helped with one of those more than ben did) is such an R-tard when it comes to picking up women. I hope he’s there for the beating’s my RAVENS are gonna lay on them later this year! But if it’s Dennis Dixon getting picked and beat? So be it….

  42. ccoolahan14 says: Mar 11, 2010 6:05 AM

    @steelfann Derrick Mason in 2007- 1037 yards, 5 TDs, 2 fumbles …..Derrick Mason in 2008- 1028 yards, 7 TDs, 0 fumbles.
    His skills are dropping like a rock! Thanks for proving once again the Steelers have the least knowledgeable fans in the league.

  43. Dr Hiram J Puddlestone says: Mar 11, 2010 6:54 AM

    Read your own post to yourself in a quiet room with no distractions…I mean really read it and try to measure the depth of your stupiditude…
    and speaking of receivers…congratulation on that Randle El signing…you are now perched on the precipice of mediocrity.

  44. ccoolahan14 says: Mar 11, 2010 7:40 AM

    Did anyone see Troy Polamalu attempting to tackle Q Boldin in the super bowl? Comedy…

  45. steeelfann says: Mar 11, 2010 8:54 AM

    Yea, Ravens, but the best wide receiver of all is Hines Ward who k-F-OUT your big mouth linebacker. You wish Boldin could do that. You wish you had someone explosive like Santonio Holmes. You have nobody with the jets that Mike Wallace has. Ray Rice is tough though.
    And all those apologists about Mason, why don’t you go back a bit further through his stats. Do you understand that he came back because he has no choice? He and T.O. are done. Sure they can put pads on, but they are not scaring anyone any more.
    Mason is great character guy and for that reason he is good to have around.
    Bottom line is that we almost beat you in Baltimore with Dennis Dixon in his first game ever and if the coaches would have opened it up a bit more, you would have been beat.
    Before you beat down Ben, see if your players have left any more dead bodies laying around.

  46. HamBurghlar says: Mar 11, 2010 9:38 AM

    Mason won’t be double covered anymore? Really? You mean he was double covered when he dropped that for sure TD in the endzone last year? Anquan prob won’t even be covered, he only runs 6 yard outs, but he’s tough..

  47. 4G63 says: Mar 11, 2010 9:45 AM

    As a Ravens fan, I’m ecstatic that Mason has resigned with them and I look forward to seeing what he can do with a legitimate WR on the other side who WILL need to be covered by several defender’s. Mason has always done well against the Stoolers (and most teams in general) and I think he’d like to make up for his sure TD last year in Shittsburgh.
    That being said, I’ve always liked Dennis Dixon and wanted the Ravens to draft him as I think he can/will be a really good QB if given the opportunity (not that I’d want him over Flacco if he was drafted by the Ravens, but for solid backup play should Joe get hurt). Believe it or not, I had worries when the Ravens played against them last year and was almost proven right by his TD run and decent play. This year, I’m guessing, will Dixon’s coming out party as Big “Dummy” Ben will be suspended for part, if not all, of the year and give DD an opportunity to show what he’s got.
    Even with that, I still think that a combo of Mason, Boldin, Washington/Clayton/Stallworth, and Rice out of the backfield will be tough to defend for any team next year. Flacco has been working quick out’s to Mason easily without a Boldin on the other side to defend. Now, the sky is the limit for Flacco and Co. and I’m giddy with anticipation to see how this year goes offensively!
    Go Ravens!!

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