Derrick Mason returns to the friendly confines of M&T Bank stadium for the second time in the last three weeks.
The Houston Texans, who play the Ravens this Sunday, have acquired the services of the 37-year-old Mason from the New York Jets for a conditional draft pick, according to the Houston Chronicle. With star wide receiver Andre Johnson sidelined due to a hamstring injury, it was a move that made a lot of sense for a team fighting for the AFC South division title.
It was clear Mason’s short time in New York was running out. Mason, who played just five snaps in the Jets’ 30-21 loss to the New England Patriots last Sunday, was replaced by rookie Jeremy Kerley, who took over third receiver duties. Rumors swirled that Mason was benched after his critical comments the week before about the Jets’ sputtering offense, but that was shot down by Head Coach Rex Ryan.
However, in the Jets week four loss to the Ravens, Mason did lead the Jets in receiving, recording two catches for 37 yards against a smothering Baltimore defense.
In his six seasons with the Ravens, Mason recorded 471 catches for 5,777 yards.
The Ravens did entertain the idea of bringing back Mason for this season, but ultimately he chose the Jets over both, the Ravens and Titans. In five games with the Jets, Mason had just 13 catches for 115 yards, while averaging a career low 8.8 yards per catch.