Derrick Mason has no doubts that he wants to continue playing football. Whether that happens in Baltimore remains to be seen.
The wide receiver, who will enter the final year of his contract next season, said Thursday he’s seeking a one- or two-year extension from the Ravens that could have him finish out his career in Baltimore. His agent has spoken to the Ravens about a deal, and while the team is aware of his position, Mason is looking for a decision to be made — one way or the other — quickly.
“I don’t know if I’m going to be back,” Mason said. ‘I have one more year left on my deal, and I want to play more than one year. For a player, one year is no security. No security whatsoever. I think I’ve earned the right to go to management and let them know that I want to play more than just one year.”
While he admits he has loosely considered retirement, Mason, 35, believes he has two or three more seasons left to play. If working out an extension doesn’t happen with the Ravens — where he has spent the last four seasons — Mason sounds prepared to ask for his release.
“So if we can get that deal done, then that will be great,” Mason said. “But if not, then we have to explore other options after that.
“I don’t know where this thing is going to end, but I think I’ve earned the right by what I’ve done on the field — and off the field — for the last four years with the Ravens.”
Mason played in all 16 games last season despite a lingering left shoulder injury that required surgery three weeks ago in San Francisco. He had a procedure done to fix the labrum and scapula, but he expects to be ready for mini-camp after two months of rehabilitation.
“It wasn’t a bad injury at all,” Mason said. “Not as bad as it could have been.”
Look for Mason as a guest analyst the next two days on NFL Network Total Access (4 p.m. ET). Here are a few other quick-hitters with Mason:
What’s in the offseason plans for Derrick Mason?
Travel. Continuing to work out. Continue to get this shoulder back to 100 percent.
What’s the intended vacation destination?
Hawaii next week. After that, we just play it by ear.
Did you ever think at any point Ray Lewis was going to leave?
Nah, I didn’t think he was going to leave. Honestly, I really didn’t. If you looked at how the scenario was playing out, you knew. When a guy plays that long for a certain team, and he’s been good for that long, it’s hard to part ways. He grew up in that city, pretty much. They couldn’t let him get away.
Joe Flacco … is he the real deal?
He’s more than that. He will be an All-Star player. He’s a young All-Star player now. But he will be one of the quarterbacks in this league.
Do you play fantasy football? Would you take Flacco?
I don’t play, and yes, I would take him.
Do you keep up with the free-agency rumor mill?
Yeah, I try to keep up with it as much as possible. Because it affects everybody. I try to keep up with it, especially what has happened over the last 24 hours. I think everybody is really paying attention to it.
OK. So Terrell Owens’ name finally came up. What’s your take on it?
It’s surprising. I think the timing is surprising, not the fact that they released him. Of course, there were problems inside that locker room. From word out of Dallas, it was because of him — whether I know it or whether anyone knows it or not — but the word out of Dallas is that he was the middle man in all of it. It’s not surprising, but it is kind of surprising they let him go so early.