The market for two free agent wide receivers linked to the Ravens took an interesting turn late last night.
Reports indicate that Derrick Mason, who was cut by the Ravens last week but is still an option to return, will visit the Jets today. Meanwhile, the Ravens are now considered the leading candidates to sign former Chargers receiver Malcom Floyd, who is mulling over offers from five teams.
On Mason, it appears that Jets coach Rex Ryan is yet again trying to lure a former Ravens player up to New York. CBSsports.com first reported the Jets’ interest in the 37-year-old wide receiver, who would become the Ryan’s No. 3 wide receiver if he signs on. The Jets signed Santonio Holmes to a five-year, $50 million contract last week, and also inked free agent wideout Plaxico Burress.
For a guy who, at times, seemed to have trouble with the idea of being the Ravens No. 2 receiver behind Anquan Boldin, joining the Jets and becoming the No. 3 seems like an interesting fit. But, we all know how persuasive Ryan can be and how much his players love suiting up for him.
Meanwhile, the Ravens appear to be making progress when it comes to wooing arguably the top free agent wide receiver remaining on the market. Floyd, who has spent the last seven years with the Chargers, is reportedly leaning toward signing with the Ravens.
The San Diego Union-Tribune reports that the Ravens have made an offer to Floyd that tops $3 million per year, a price the paper says the Chargers will not be willing to match. Three other teams - the Cardinals, Vikings and Panthers - have reportedly expressed interest in the 29-year-old Floyd.
Floyd is familiar with Ravens offensive coordinator Cam Cameron and the offense Cameron runs here in Baltimore, as the two men spent three years together with the Chargers.
Floyd reportedly intends on making a decision on where he’ll sign sometime in the not-too-distant future.
It seems that all along, Mason has been a secondary option for the Ravens when it comes to securing a veteran wide receiver. Floyd (6-foot-5, 225-lbs.) has great size and brings more downfield playmaking ability than Mason, who, like Boldin, is more of a possession receiver. Floyd averaged 19.4 yards per catch last season, racking up 717 receiving yards and six touchdowns.
Floyd’s addition could bring a new dynamic to an offense that has lacked big plays in recent years. If Mason signs with the Jets before the Ravens hear back from Floyd, however, nerves might get a little tight around Ravens headquarters.
Losing out on both Floyd and Mason could be a big blow to an offense in need of another experienced receiving target for quarterback Joe Flacco.