Baltimore Ravens wide receiver Derrick Mason surprisingly retired from the NFL after a productive 12-year career. The two-time Pro Bowl selection retires with 790 receptions, 10,061 receiving yards, and 52 receiving touchdowns.
There is speculation that the retirement was fueled by the Ravens' failure to grant Mason’s request for an extension entering the final year of his deal.
Mason said a lack of enthusiasm to continue playing was the reason, not his contract situation. One also has to wonder if the recent tragic murder of long-time teammate Steve McNair played into that lack of enthusiasm for the upcoming season.
Mason was a very talented player who was the victim of playing in run-oriented offenses the majority of his career. The lack of an explosive passing offense prevented Mason from separating himself from other receivers.
His low touchdown totals will make him unlikely for serious Hall of Fame consideration despite the fact that he was a very respected and well-known player for the majority of his career.