Texans waive Derrick Mason

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The Texans celebrated the first playoff berth in franchise history by cutting ties with wide receiver Derrick Mason.

John McClain of the Houston Chronicle reports that Mason was placed on waivers Monday, two months after they acquired him in a trade with the New York Jets. Mason had six catches for 55 yards in seven games with the Texans, which means the team will not owe the Jets anything in compensation. The conditions of the deal held that Mason needed 33 or more catches for the Jets to receive a seventh-round pick.

You have to wonder if this is the end of the road for Mason after a very good 15-year NFL career. He didn’t produce with the Jets, complained publicly about his role in the offense and then was equally unsuccessful during his time with the Texans.

He turns 38 in January and seems unlikely to get more than a look at training camp based off of this year’s production. He’s only going to help a team if he’s playing a big role in the offense and those days might well be done.

McClain also reports that the team is expected to elevate rookie receiver Jeff Maehl from the practice squad to take Mason’s place on the roster. Maehl, who went undrafted, had 77 catches for Oregon as a senior in 2010.

15 responses to “Texans waive Derrick Mason

  1. I think it’s time for Mason to retire. He’s been good for a long time but I think this is it for him.

  2. Another receiver who hasnt come to terms that the end of here. Sorry Derrick, your times is up. And when no NFL team calls maybe you will realize that. Good luck!!!

  3. I find it hard to believe that a player with his drive and work ethic (not to mention HoF-worthy career numbers) will go out like this. And yes, Derrick, you should have accepted the Titans’ pre-season offer instead of the Jets’.

  4. Time to retire Mase. You were the best WR in Ravens history. You earned your spurs with the Titans and finished a great career with the Ravens. Time to call it a day. Don’t ruin your legacy by trying to hold on and going to a crap team like the Clowns who need anyone who can catch a ball. It just isn’t the way a Pro like you should leave the game. Thanks for your time in Purple and Black. You were a GREAT competitor.

  5. He’s this year’s Randy Moss – only he’s not gotten any coaches fired just yet.

    Still, I guess if Wrecks Ryan fails to make good on his promise to win the Super Bowl again (and possibly fails to even make the playoffs) the Jets front office might figure out that such statements have cost him needed credibility in the locker room and it’s time to make a change.

    As a Patriots fan I hope they don’t – it’s very entertaining to hear his annual guarantee of winning the Super Bowl – as well as his retroactive guarantees of winning Super Bowls for teams who chose not to hire him as a head coach.

  6. Great career but time to go. With the Texans season so far my guess is Maehl goes for 22 catches, 220 yards, and 4 TDs over the final 3 games headed into the playoffs. He was probably Yates’ favorite target in practice all year.

  7. How karmic. He claimed he had a better chance to win a SB not returning to Baltimore. He’s been cut by 2 division leaders and 1 team who’s trying to hold onto a wildcard spot.

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