Derrick Mason wants to retire as a Raven


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Wide receiver Derrick Mason played the majority of his career for the Tennessee Titans. He was drafted by the Oilers in 1997 and played in a Super Bowl with the Titans.

But after playing six seasons in the Charm City for the Ravens (2005-2010), Mason views himself as a Raven deep down.

Mason, 38, the franchise’s all-time leader in career receptions and receiving yards, told The Baltimore Sun’s Matt Vensel on Friday that he hopes to retire as a Raven. And, according to Vensel, Mason has spoken to team officials about his wish, and it will likely happen once he officially retires.

In his time with the Ravens, Mason set franchise records in catches (471) and receiving yards (5,777). His 29 receiving touchdowns are second only to Todd Heap’s 41.

After getting released by the Ravens last offseason, the Michigan State product started his final season with the New York Jets, but was traded to the Houston Texans and then was released.

Mason, renowned for his route-running abilities, hauled in 943 passes for 12,061 yards and 66 touchdowns in 15 seasons. His 943 receptions rank him 11th all-time in that category. Mason’s best statistical season in Baltimore came in 2007, when he recorded a career-high 103 catches for 1,087 yards and five touchdowns.

He was also selected to two Pro Bowl and All-Pro teams in 2000 and 2003 as a member of the Titans.