FLORHAM PARK, N.J. (WFAN/AP) – Derrick Mason chose to sign with the New York Jets because the veteran wide receiver felt they offered the best chance to win a Super Bowl ring.
The former Baltimore star signed a two-year deal with the Jets on Sunday, picking them over the Ravens and Tennessee Titans, his two previous teams. Mason, 37, fills the void created when the Jets granted Jerricho Cotchery’s request to be released.
Mason spent his first eight seasons with the Tennessee franchise before playing the last six with Baltimore. He was released by the Ravens on July 28, a move he says “blindsided him” but he holds no grudge toward Baltimore. Mason says he expects to begin practicing with the team “ASAP,'” adding he should be ready to go Monday.
The Jets are hoping that Mason will be an upgrade over Cotchery and provide a dependable weapon for Mark Sanchez. Mason is usually a guaranteed 1,000 yard receiver but his numbers dropped to just 802 yards in 2010-11.
His role with the Jets will not be as prominent as with the Ravens but Mason’s focus is going after a Super Bowl ring.
Jets fans, do you believe that Mason is an upgrade over Cotchery and the final piece Gang Green needs for a Super Bowl run? Sound off in the comments below…
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