Thursday, July 16, 2009

Derrick Mason...Thanks for the memories!

It seems only fitting that just a few days after Steve McNair's tragic death, his favorite target decided to retire.

Derrick Mason was always one of the most underrated WRs in the league, as both a Titan and Raven, though fantasy enthusiasts appreciated his talents. Always a PPR contributor, Mason was rarely spectacular; just consistent and reliable.

Mason's well-deserved retirement (he's been in the league for a dozen years) leaves an opening in the Ravens' starting receiver corps. Mark Clayton deserves a slight bump up the charts (I just grabbed him late in our latest Sporting News Experts Mock Draft), as Joe Flacco's presumed favorite target. Demetrius Williams is likely next in line, but don't be surprised if Baltimore looks more seriously at disgruntled Brandon Marshall.

Rumors are also circulating that Mason hasn't filed his retirement papers yet and may change his mind. But that seems unlikely. Take him off your draft board until further notice.

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