BAL: Veteran WR Re-Signs
by Adam Caplan of, March 10, 2010 at 8:55 pm ET

Derrick Mason Profile

The Baltimore Ravens and veteran WR Derrick Mason have agreed to terms on a two-year deal, the team announced. Mason is back for his sixth season with the team.

“Every Ravens fan knows what Derrick brings to this team. It's reliability, toughness, leadership, the fight to win, the want of the ball in the clutch times. He has a two-year history with (starting QB) Joe (Flacco) that says 'we know how to produce together.' They are on the same page," general manager Ozzie Newsome said.

The 36-year old receiver has become a security blanket of sorts for Flacco in his first two seasons behind center. The two have hooked up 153 times the past two seasons for 2,065 yards and 12 scores.

“I’m getting myself ready to play football and help the Ravens win,” stated Mason, who registered 73 catches for a team-high 1,028 receiving yards for Baltimore in 2009. “But, the first thing I am going to do is take my family on vacation. I’ll see everybody back in Baltimore soon.”

Mason, who joined the Ravens in 2005, is the franchise’s all-time leader in receiving yards (4,975). He also ranks second in career receptions (410) and receiving touchdowns (22). During his 13-year NFL career, Mason has played in 202 games, totaling 863 catches, 11,089 receiving yards and 59 receiving touchdowns. One of just 17 players to record 850 catches in a career, he ranks 14th on the NFL’s all-time receptions list.

The Ravens really have addressed the receiver position since their season ended by acquiring veteran WR Anquan Boldin, signing free-agent WR Donte' Stallworth, and re-signing Mason.

"This is outstanding – just great news for the Ravens. Our coaches are happy. Derrick's teammates are happy, and you know Joe (Flacco) is smiling. Way to go to Ozzie and Pat (Moriarty, vice president of football administration) for getting this done. We would have lost something special if Derrick had gone to another team. We have gotten better in the last couple of days."

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Derrick Mason
Ht: 5-10 Wt: 192
Position: WR
Date of Birth: 01/17/1974
Experience: 13
High School: Mumford HS
(Detroit, MI)
College: Michigan State

2010 NFL Free Agency Rankings (full list):
Pos: WR Pos Rank: #9 Pos Rating:

Earned 1st-team All-Public School League, All-State and Blue Chip list honors from Detroit News as senior at Mumford (Detroit, MI) HS, where he set a school record for both catches (70) and receiving yards (1,243) Also chosen to play in Michigan HS All-Star game that season Would like to get into sports broadcasting after playing career Mason served as the Titans’ player representative to the NFLPA in 2003...In 2003, Mason began hosting “The Derrick Mason Show” weekly on a Nashville radio station and has continued on WBAL in Baltimore Among his most cherished items in his sports memorabilia collection is a pair of Muhammad Ali boxing gloves, which he purchased at an auction for his son, Derrick II “Receiving on the Field, Giving in the Community” serves as the slogan for The Derrick Mason Foundation, which was originally launched to help