Derrick Mason On Jacoby Jones, Concussions, And Retirement
Derrick Mason, former Baltimore Ravens Wide Receiver, called into The Norris and Davis Show to talk about the Ravens’ acquisition of Wide Receiver Jacoby Jones, concussions, and his wish to retire as a Baltimore Raven.
Mason, a former teammate of Jacoby Jones when they both played for the Houston Texans, said that Jones and Baltimore would be good fit.
“I thought that it would be an ideal place for him because he goes in as possibly being the number three [Wide Receiver] and he goes in being the return guy. You got a guy that has been very successful with punt returns as well as kick returns,” he said.
Mason also discussed his take on how Commissioner Goodell is handling the recent issues of concussions in the NFL. He said that even though he is not one of his biggest fans, he applauds Goodells’s attempt on trying to make the game safer.
“You know I am not one of his biggest fans but I think he’s done a wonderful job in trying to make the game as safe as possible but not disrupt the integrity of the game,” he said.
However. Mason says Goodell and the NFL’s Players Association need to change how quickly players are able to play after concussions.
“I do implore [Goodell], as well as the PA, to look into when guys have been taken off because of concussions they should not be able to come back to play until two games are up. Those guys should be made to sit out at least a minimum of two games and be re-evaluated from there,” he said.
Mason started his career in 1997 with the Tennessee Titans before spending six years with the Ravens. The Ravens released him in 2011 and Mason spent last season with the Houston Texans and New York Jets. However, Mason expressed his wishes to formally retire as a Raven.
“I think the best thing would be to retire as a Raven because I’ve had some great memories there, met great people there, and I wish I could have ended my career there playing wise,” he said.
According to NFL.com, over 15 seasons Mason has had 943 catches for 12,061 yards, and 39 touchdowns.