Derrick Mason announced on Saturday that he will be joining the New York Jets this season, to Ravens fans this is a crushing blow that came just a day after Baltimore missed out on free agent receiver Malcom Floyd. After Floyd opted to re-sign with San Diego, Ravens fans immediately thought that Mason, who had been cut by Baltimore almost two weeks earlier, would re-sign at a cheaper price. That obviously didn’t happen.
While many believe that Mason chose to take more money or simply chose New York over Baltimore, Tony Lombardi of Ravens24x7.com reports that Baltimore never made Mason an offer at all.
Secondly, contrary to what has been reported, Mason was NOT given an offer by the Ravens. When I asked if they (the Ravens) were surprised that Mason accepted the low offer by the Jets I was told, “No, a low offer is better than no offer.”
Many writers have contacts with agents and they get their info from them. These agents can and will and do play the writers to gain leverage for their clients. As I was reminded the agents ALWAYS have an angle to benefit themselves.
Lombardi’s reports have been dead on this offseason. He broke the Marc Bulger retirement story two days prior to The Sun.
In addition to the Mason news, Lombardi writes that the Ravens also have no interest in Jerricho Cotchery, who many believe is Baltimore’s next target.