FLORHAM PARK, N.J. (AP) — Derrick Mason says facing his former team in Baltimore on Sunday will be “bittersweet,” but the New York Jets wide receiver is “at peace” with the decision the Ravens made this summer to cut him.
The 37-year-old Mason, who spent the last six seasons with Baltimore, says Wednesday he is happy Jets coach Rex Ryan — whom he knew from their Ravens days together — wanted him and that he knew he still had lots of football left.
Ravens coach John Harbaugh says the decision to cut Mason, one of the league’s most consistent receivers, was a necessary salary cap move. Mason says general manager Ozzie Newsome told him of the team’s decision, but it “came out of left field.”
Mason has 10 catches in three games with the Jets.