Late For Work 3/10: ‘Very Good’ Chance Mason Will Re-Sign

Plus Bannan’s signing affects Ravens and teams see OU’s Gresham workout.

Posted by Sarah Ellison on Wednesday, March 10th, 2010 at 9:02 am | Categories: Late For Work, Sarah Ellison

La Canfora: ‘Very Good’ Chance Mason Will Re-sign

Both ESPN and NFL.com’s free agency authorities asserted yesterday that the Ravens and receiver Derrick Mason could still reunite.

“Even after signing Donte Stallworth and trading for Anquan Boldin, the Ravens still are attempting to re-sign free-agent WR Derrick Mason,” tweeted ESPN’s Adam Schefter.

NFL.com’s Jason La Canfora went as far as to say the odds of Mason re-signing are “very good.”

According to La Canfora’s sources, the Ravens are “very interested” in retaining Mason and are in close contact with the 36-year-old’s representatives.

Mason himself has not publicly affirmed that he will indeed return to the Ravens (or elsewhere), but he has said that could see himself finishing his career in Baltimore. He has also indicated that if he does return, he would need a two-year deal.

On Monday, Ravens General Manager Ozzie Newsome said that he will never close the door on anyone, especially someone with the talent of Mason.

Baltimore Sun’s Kevin Van Valkenburg believes Mason’s value was at its peak last week before the signing of Anquan Boldin.

“But the market changed when Baltimore traded for Anquan Boldin and signed him to a $28 million extension,” Van Valkenburg said.

“It feels now like Mason overplayed his hand a bit. It looks like some of the money he could have gotten for himself went, instead, to Boldin. And just like that, the power shifted. Mason went from an absolute need to maybe only fitting into Newsome’s mantra of ‘right player, right price.’”

It remains to be seen exactly what will happen. Surely Ravens fans would love to see No. 85 return in purple and black. The newest Ravens’ receiver, Boldin, has expressed the same sentiments.

Broncos D-Line Overhaul Affects Ravens

The Broncos officially signed former Ravens defensive tackle Justin Bannan to a reported five-year, $22 million contract, according to the Denver Post.

Along with Bannan’s deal, the Broncos also announced the signing of defensive end Jarvis Green. That means Ravens unrestricted free agent Dwan Edwards, who visited Denver just a few days ago, is unlikely to become a Bronco.

Now, the Ravens will have to find a solution for the hole Bannan left in the defensive line behind Haloti Ngata and Kelly Gregg. But, they haven’t completely lost Edwards, even after two visits in free agency (Denver and Seattle).

“By Edwards leaving empty-handed in two places, this could be an indication that the Ravens have a shot at retaining him,” said Jamison Hensley of the Baltimore Sun.

“Some teams could be worried about giving a long-term deal to Edwards, who had spinal fusion surgery in 2008.”

Gresham Works Out at OU’s Pro Day

Thirty-one of 32 NFL teams attended Oklahoma’s Pro Workout Day yesterday, according to NFL.com.

That leaves a high probability that a Ravens’ representative was on hand to scout tight end Jermaine Gresham (even though the organization has not confirmed their attendance).

The 6-5, 259-pound tight end has been linked to the Ravens’ No. 25 first-round pick by several Draft pundits. The OU standout was measured, weighed, participated in individual drills, but did not participate in any timed events.

“He appeared completely recovered from knee surgery performed last September but declined to be interviewed, saying only ‘I’m getting better and better every day,’” reported Clay Horning of The Sports Xchange.

Could Boldin Push Ravens Offense to Elite Status?

James Walker of ESPN analyzed the impact the signing of Boldin will have on a Ravens’ offense that already has a strong foundation with a young and talented quarterback and running back.

“Boldin is the missing link that should take a decent Baltimore offense and make it great next season,” Walker said.

“With one more receiver and perhaps another tight end added to the mix, there is not much Baltimore’s offense shouldn’t be able to accomplish in 2010. But the addition of Boldin takes the unit to a new level.”

In the video below, Sport’s Illustrated’s Ross Tucker discussed how the Ravens scored the best acquisition of the first free agency weekend, saying that Boldin was an “absolute steal” and will give the Ravens more flexibility in the Draft.


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