We now know that Derrick Mason won’t be the Ravens’ No. 1 wide receiver in 2010, but it still looks like there’s a good chance he’ll return to Baltimore and will be a part of an improved receiving corps, according to multiple reports.
Mason has yet to draw much interest since becoming an unrestricted free agent last week, and with the Ravens still looking to improve their rotation at the receiver spot, Mason seems like a good fit.
The Patriots and Dolphins are two teams that have been tossed out as possible destinations for Mason, but it doesn’t appear that either team (or any other, for that matter) is all that interested in giving a 36-year-old with recent injury issues a contract that is to his liking.
Before the Ravens’ acquisition of Anquan Boldin, Mason said he wanted a two-year deal and there was word that he was looking for a good amount of guaranteed money up front.
Now, because of Mason’s apparent limited options in free agency and the Ravens’ heavy investment in Boldin (the three-time Pro Bowler was given a four-year, $28 million contract), he might have to settle for less than he was originally asking.
Still, Baltimore appears to be a logical destination for Mason.
He knows the offensive system, is familiar with the coaching staff, and has a good rapport with quarterback Joe Flacco. He would likely see more single coverage this season with Boldin on the other side of the field and Donte’ Stallworth in the slot, and still could post solid numbers despite having to settle for the No. 2 receiver spot.
From the Ravens’ perspective, they might be a little tired of Mason’s off-field dramatics, but they could certainly use a receiver of his experience and toughness to compliment the pieces they already have in place.
It almost seems like it makes too much sense not to get done.