On Thursday, many of the Jets' free agency acquisitions began to practice for the first time. Rather than seeing his hard work being put to use on the practice field, general manager Mike Tannenbaum decided to keep shopping for free agents.
Although Mason is entering his 15th year in the National Football League, he can still produce quality numbers. In 2010, the veteran played in all 16 games for Baltimore, with 61 receptions for 802 yards and seven touchdowns.
Something to take into account is that Mason was not the only good receiver on the Ravens last year. He shared receptions with other quality wideouts like Anquan Boldin, T.J. Houshmandzadeh and tight end Todd Heap. Also, the Ravens had a great running game with Ray Rice getting the majority of the carries as he bullied his way through defenses.
Not only would Mason's production benefit the Jets, he has experience that could benefit young receivers. He could help improve Mark Sanchez and would just be a great source of wisdom for Jets players. This veteran leadership will be needed this year, especially since Tony Richardson has not made his decision on whether or not he will retire or try to play another year in the NFL and possibly on the Jets.
Just like the Eagles did with Michael Vick, the Jets signed wide receiver Plaxico Burress to a one-year deal to see what he can do for their next attempt at a run for the Lombardi trophy. Because Burress was a free agent, his first practice was Thursday; sadly, he had to sit out for almost all of the practice because he rolled his ankle while running routes.
If Burress is already getting hurt on the first day of practice, he may not be as successful this season as some people are thinking. Because Mason is a consistent receiver, he may end up being Plaxico's replacement if he cannot stay healthy and help the Jets.
If the Jets do come to an agreement with Mason during his trip to the Jets training facility in Florham Park, N.J., it could mean the end for Jets wide receiver Jericho Cotchery. Many signs indicate that Cotchery will be on his way out, and ESPN's Rich Cimini wrote that Cothcery's agent is now allowed to talk with other teams about him being traded out of New York.
Cotchery has been a great Jet since he entered the league. While he is not known for his big plays, he was a great third down receiver who could be relied on. The injury he suffered from last year is what is holding him back, and the Jets do not want to take up valuable cap space with a receiver whose health is not at 100 percent.
Many signs are indicating that Derrick Mason will be in a green and white uniform in 2011. His presence will definitely not impact the Jets negatively, and could be one of their smarter acquisitions in 2011.