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Derrick Mason joins Baltimore Ravens

Discussion in 'BBS Hangout' started by Rockets34Legend, Mar 2, 2005.

  1. Rockets34Legend

    Rockets34Legend Contributing Member

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    http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/columns/story?columnist=pasquarelli_len&id=2003297

    On the first day of free agency, the Baltimore Ravens took care of the first item on their offseason "to-do" list, reaching agreement in principle with wide receiver Derrick Mason on a five-year contract.

    Because there remain some details to be complete, contract figures were not available, but the deal is expected to be a pricey one, given the level of interest in the eight-year veteran wide receiver, regarded by many as the top unrestricted player at his position.

    "We were high on his list, and he was high on our list," Ravens general manager Ozzie Newsome said Wednesday. "He was really the only receiver we have had any active discussions with thus far. What this does is we bring in a veteran receiver who has the type of attitude and type of personality that we look for in a football player."

    Over the last three seasons, Baltimore has desperately needed a wide receiver of Mason's caliber, and the acquisition of a proven pass-catcher figures to speed the development of two-year veteran quarterback Kyle Boller.

    The Ravens will enter the 2005 season minus both starting wide receivers of a year ago. Seeking to join a team with a more productive passing attack, Kevin Johnson exercised an option to void his contract and become a free agent. Former first-round pick Travis Taylor, a disappointment during much of his five-year career in Baltimore, was allowed to depart as an unrestricted free agent.

    Mason, 31, certainly represents a major upgrade for the Ravens, and he likely will be teamed with a young wideout in the starting lineup. With the wide receiver pool getting drier by the day -- some of the top pending free agents at the position recently re-signed with their incumbent teams -- the Ravens moved quickly to pursue Mason, released by the Tennessee Titans last week in the club's bloody salary cap purge.

    Baltimore had flirted with the idea of dealing for Randy Moss, but backed off that idea, and then was involved in discussions to land Laveranues Coles of Washington. Mason, however, presented an alternative too attractive for general manager Ozzie Newsome to ignore as he considered methods to enhance a passing attack that statistically ranked 31st in the NFL in 2004.

    "The signing of Derrick Mason is the most substantial move we've made particularly in free agency, particularly at the wide receiver position," Ravens coach Brian Billick said. "When you take someone of Derrick Mason's caliber, you expect it to have an impact."

    Recent reports cited Jacksonville as the front-runner for Mason's services, but a Jaguars team official said Wednesday there had been no substantive discussions with the wideout or his agents.

    In eight seasons, Mason has 453 receptions for 6,114 yards and 37 touchdowns. But not even those numbers reflect his overall productivity, since he was primarily utilized as a return specialist early in his career. A fairer measure of Mason's impact are the numbers posted over the past four seasons, which coincide with him becoming a full-time starter.

    During that stretch, Mason has averaged 85.8 receptions, 1,152.8 yards and 7.25 touchdowns. He has been over 1,000 yards each of the past four years. The former Michigan State star has played in 122 games and started 73 of them.

    The leading wide receiver for the Ravens in 2004, Johnson, had just 35 catches. Baltimore hasn't had a wide receiver register more than 61 catches since the 2001 season.
     
  2. PhiSlammaJamma

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    Traitor!

    I feel bad for him tho', how many catches is he going to get on the Ravens. If he does get 90 catches in that sorry offense he'll have proven himself. But I don't see it happening.
     
  3. Dream34

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    PSJ,
    I am just glad he signed with a team outside of the division. I did not want him signing with the Jags. I could see him come back and haunt the Titans for some time to come. You are right. It is weird seeing Mason sign with the Ravens. There has been so much bad blood between these two teams in the past. It just does not sit right.

    Oh well. I hope we never have to go through another offseason like this one for a long time to come.

    :(
     
  4. Dream34

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    I just heard that the Ravens signed Samari Rolle. Newsconference will be held this afternoon. Wow. That defense is downright scary. Chris McCalister and Samari Rolle as bookend corners to go along with Ed Reed and Ray Lewis.

    This is really sickening seeing Mason and Rolle sign with the Ravens. I am glad they signed outside of the division. But to the Ravens. :mad:
     
  5. PhiSlammaJamma

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    I can't believe it. That is ridiculous. I don't even know how they can stand Brian Billick at this point. He's such a butthole in my opinion.

    This year is gonna be ugly. We don't even have enough draft picks to replace all the players we are going to lose. I think we have 7 picks and lose like 18 players. Unbelieivable. But it was coming to what we gonna do. We had a good run.

    Thing is, I'm not giving up hope just yet. McNair may be just good enough to pull us out of this mess. We have some freaks on offense and defense so you never know. Looks bleak. But I'll believe in them until our 9th loss.
     
  6. DonnyMost

    DonnyMost be kind. be brave.
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    What's all this jibba jabba in this thread about the "Titans" and "We"?

    Let it go, former Oilers fans. :(
     
  7. moestavern19

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    Haha The Chefs were too scared to sign Samari.

    Who's going to cover Randy Moss twice a season Carl?

    Chefs sux0r
     
  8. giddyup

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    http://www.baltimoreravens.com/temp...ingle_news_show&section=press&content_id=5958
     
  9. Preston27

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    The Raiders must really "sux0r" to have lost to the Chiefs twice last season.
     
  10. Harrisment

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    That's what I was wondering. Unless you are from Tennessee, I don't see any reason to pull for the Titans.
     
  11. giddyup

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    What would you say to all these non-Houston Rocket fans?
     
  12. moligity

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    I'de say good choice, the Rockets are not a last place team and have nothing to do with Bud Adams. Two good reasons, unless you're from Tennessee, not to pull for the Titans.
     
  13. moestavern19

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    dur dur dur we still own your b**** asses this decade.

    MOSSPORTERCURRY or as I refer to them as... THE TRIUMVIRATE OF PERPETUAL DESTRUCTION will pwnz0r Tony G and the sunshine ass gang.
     
  14. Nelly

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    rolle just signed with ravens too i think....turning into the baltimore titans
     
  15. Rocket Fan

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    this will be a good year for a Texans fan to live in Nashville :)
     
  16. LongTimeFan

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    Were you a San Diego fan that just followed the team to Houston? And would you still care that much if San Diego ever got another team?


    I was on Oiler fan. I'm a Texans fan. F the Titans.
     

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