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.

Jets traded WR Derrick Mason to the Texans on Monday night for a conditional 2012 draft choice. (JetsInsider.com Photo).

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.

4 Responses to “Jets Trade a disgruntled Mason”

  1. Baddniss Says:

    Keep Mason…Trade Schotty!

  2. Brutikus Says:

    Mason was never going to ever fill the void left by Cotchery, whom we will be glad to have back though I for one am happy to see the team is willing to explore Kerley’s talent. More importantly, I see this as a sign of the mgmt sticking it out with their guy Schotty until this season’s results are in, for at that point in time it will only be a matter of finding someone to be a better fit.

    I know Jericho is not lighting it up with the Steelers, but he’d be great in the slot with him being the physical player (and opposite the one trick/fragile pony Burress) which give more possiblities for Holmes (our most valuable wideout) and Keller (our underused star to be OR for another team after current contract expires).

    S.Green is same good RB, but behind a significantly weaker line–D’Brickershaw ranges from very good on Pass Blocking to bearable on Run Blocking. Mangold has been remarkable replacement coming after Mawae and if no noticed before his injury/absence, NOW you know what he means to the O-line and Sanchez.

    It’s gonna be a low flying season for team green.

  3. Brutikus Says:

    Here’s a question for you Mr. Sykes.-Why is this blog on Azores Summer Time Zone?? Eh? Guess we all bleed green, lol.

  4. Wesley Sykes Says:

    Brutikus,

    Appreciate you well-developed reply. And while many have called for a return to Cotchery it’s important to remember this: Cotchery asked out of New York. He wasn’t happy being the slot guy or number three guy in an offense where he was once the number one. Now, after being buried on the bench for the first five weeks with the Steelers, might that change his mind? Perhaps. And while I agree with you on your stance with Schottenheimer, I think it’s going to be too little too late. They have the perfect opportunity to bring a proven quarterback developer and former Patriot coach in Josh McDaniels and didn’t do anything to it. Is it going to take yet another SB guarantee from Ryan for the team to get a OC? It certainly should not.

    And the O-line is a legitimate concern, although the return of Mangold looked to be a sign of relief for that unit. I think Joe McKnight getting more touches on offense might take the load off Greene, who has spent his first two years in a dual-feature back role — and most teams have the same style as it is….and as far as the Azores Summer Time Zone, it beats the hell outta me. Reporting live from Astoria, NY.