Jets Trade a disgruntled Mason
FLORHAM PARK, N.J. — Just a day after head coach Rex Ryan said that wide receiver Derrick Mason would still be “apart of what we do on offense”, he was traded to the Houston Texans for a conditional 7th round draft choice, according to The Houston Chronicle.
Mason, 37, signed with the team via free agency on August 6, 2011. He was brought in to assume the void left by veteran receiver, Jerricho Cotchery. Through five games this season Mason totaled 13 receptions for 115 yards and zero touchdowns.
The move comes on the heels of an appeared “mutiny” within the Jets locker room, who are amidst in a three-game losing streak. In the past week he spoke to the media about apparent “cracks” in the offense that needed to be filled, while be cited in a report from the New York Daily News that said himself, Santonio Holmes and Plaxico Burress were all complaining to Ryan about offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer’s schemes. The Jets denied that report.
Mason was benched for a portion of the Week 5 game against the New England Patriots. Ryan denied any reports that the move occurred because of his remarks to the media.
“I’ll tell you this, it had nothing to do with a conversation that he had with the media. I had a conversation with Derrick, and the reason he never played as much had absolutely nothing to do with the conversation he had with [the media]. You guys know I have an open policy with the media. I don’t put a muzzle on anybody,” Ryan said.
When asked if Ryan was pleased with the performance of Mason thus far, he said that he expected Mason to catch “80-90 balls and that hasn’t happened”.
Rookie Jeremy Kerley will most likely be the benefactor of the trade, who fulfilled Mason’s duties against the Patriots. He has mostly contributed on special teams as a punt returner, but against the Patriots he reeled in three receptions for 35 yards and his first professional touchdown.
With an extra roster spot, it has been speculated the Jets will bring back linebacker Eddie Jones, who was cut today to make room for cornerback Eric Lankster.