The Baltimore Sun reports that Ravens coach John Harbaugh plans to talk with veteran WR Derrick Mason, who announced his intention to retire earlier this week:
- “We have an appointment to talk real soon,” Harbaugh said today. “It will be interesting to see where he’s at with everything. I know he’s been going through a lot the last couple of weeks with Steve‘s [McNair] situation, but I’m looking forward to talking to him.”
If Mason’s decision to retire is indeed final, Harbaugh doesn’t believe the team will chase assumed-to-be-available receivers such as the Cardinals’ Anquan Boldin, the Broncos’ Brandon Marshall or free agent Marvin Harrison, according to the Sun:
- “Obviously, if Derrick decides to retire, it’s going to perk us up even more as far as strengthening that position,” Harbaugh said. “But you can only do so much. There are only so many guys out there available, and a lot of what we do is develop the players that we have. I think there is a lot of time between now and when training camp starts.
- “Derrick Mason is a warrior and a tremendous family man. He’s got a good relationship with everybody inside the building. I’m looking forward to see how it goes.”