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Mason Won’t Retire in 2011

From the National Football Post:

Baltimore Ravens veteran wide receiver Derrick Mason intends to play another season and isn’t contemplating retirement at this time.”I haven’t really given that much thought,” Mason told WBAL radio. “Business as usual.”

And Mason remains upbeat about the possibility for a new collective bargaining agreement since a seven-day extension to talks was agreed to last Friday.

“I think the longer it goes on the better,” Mason said. “Hopefully, this next few days gives the owners the opportunity to really look at what’s important and hopefully, we can get a deal worked out.”

Mason is recovering from two offseason surgeries, having his finger and a sports hernia repaired.

Mason, 37, caught 61 passes for 802 yards and seven touchdowns last season.

Mason is due a $4.5 million base salary in the final year of a two-year, $8 million contract.

“My one and only goal is to go to a Super Bowl and leave with a Super Bowl,” Mason said. “It has eluded me for the last 14 years. Do I come back another year and try it again? I’m not coming back for anything else if that’s the case.”

If there is a work stoppage those teams that are able to maintain continuity should have an advantage. Mason has been Joe Flacco’s favorite target since he started his career and he was still productive this past season even though he battled injuries and new additions to the receiving corps.

I, like some others have talked about the need for speed in the offense. If Mason returns then Baltimore needs a slot receiver who can stretch the field.

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