The New York Jets have traded wide receiver Derrick Mason to the Houston Texans. Mike Freeman of CBSSports.com confirms that the Jets agreed to trade the veteran to the Houston Texans on Tuesday for an unrevealed but low draft pick.
Mason, 37, was benched for a large portion of New York’s 30-21 loss at New England on Sunday, while rookie Jeremy Kerley mostly assumed his spot as No. 3 receiver. While questions arose as to the reason for Mason’s benching, Jets quarterback Rex Ryan denied claims that Mason was benched because of his critical post game comments the previous week in Baltimore.
The trade ends a short five-game stint in New York for Mason, who spent the last six seasons with the Baltimore Ravens, Ryan’s former team. He signed a two-year deal with the Jets in early August, choosing them over a return to the Ravens or the Tennessee Titans.
CBS News reports that Ryan was excited by Mason joining the team, and said he expected him to have at least 80 catches as a slot receiver for the Jets. But Mason had a disappointing start with only 13 catches for 115 yards and had only one reception Sunday.
If Mason plays in this Sunday’s game for the Texans, it will be his first game back in Baltimore. With his seven yard catch Sunday, Mason became the 18th player in NFL history to reach 12,000 yards receiving.
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