As free agent wide receiver Derrick Mason weighs his options and tries to decide where he'd like to sign, Joe Flacco, Mason's former quarterback, says he hopes the veteran receiver comes back to the Ravens.
"Derrick's a great guy, a great locker room guy," Flacco said after today's practice. "He can be a little bit of a diva sometimes, but that's all good and fun with him for the most part. Derrick's a great wide receiver. He'd help this team out in my opinion, and I'd welcome him back immediately."
Flacco's "diva" line, delivered with a smile, was pure gold. Gold, Jerry, gold.
Mason, cut by the Ravens nearly two weeks ago in a salary cap move, is currently pondering his free agent options. The Ravens, Jets and Titans all reportedly have offers on the table for the 37-year-old wideout, who expects to make a decision on where he'll play this season in the next couple days .
Head coach John Harbaugh said that he has been texting back and forth with Mason recently, and while Flacco said he has not had contact with Mason since training camp began, he is pulling for one of his favorite pass catching targets to return to Baltimore.
"I have not talked to Derrick," Flacco said. "Last time I talked to Derrick was when I heard he was going to get released, and I called him up just to see how he was doing, just to let him know I was thinking about him."
With no veteran presence behind Anquan Boldin on the wide receiver depth chart, Mason would fill a clear void with the Ravens.
Guys like Mason, Todd Heap and T.J. Houshmandzadeh have been replaced during training camp by Torrey Smith, Ed Dickson and Tandon Doss. An offense once stacked with experienced players now has a more raw, youthful look to it, which is why Mason's addition could be so vital.
"When we were heading into this offseason, we were a pretty veteran team," Flacco said. "That was one of those things we could feel pretty confidently about going into the lockout, was that we had a veteran team. Now, we pretty quickly got pretty young.
"Anytime you get a guy that's a veteran and has played some games in the NFL, it can help your locker room."