Mason has decided to sign with the Jets, he announced. The 37-year-old wide receiver signed a one-year deal.
The Ravens made an attempt to get Mason back to Baltimore, and those efforts likely increased once Malcolm Floyd signed with the Chargers yesterday.
Instead of returning to an offense he knows, Mason opted to start fresh in New York with former Ravens defensive coordinator Rex Ryan.
“After a lot of very thoughtful and careful consideration, conversations with my family and prayer, I have decided to sign with the New York Jets,” Mason said. “I’m looking forward to working under Rex and rejoining some familiar faces.”
It’s very possible that Mason - who is a proud guy - was so frustrated by the Ravens’ decision to release him that his interest in returning was minimal.
Regardless, the free agent market at wide receiver is now getting pretty thin, and the Ravens are running out of options at the position.
Jerricho Cotchery, formerly of the Jets, is likely the best free agent receiver available.
Cotchery caught 41 passes for 433 yards and two touchdowns last season. He topped 1,100 receiving yards with the Jets in 2007.