"We know exactly what we're getting with Derrick, and that's production," Newsome said. "Every Ravens fan knows what Derrick brings to this team. It's reliability, toughness, leadership, the fight to win and the want of the ball in the clutch times. He has a two-year history with Joe [Flacco] that says, 'We know how to produce together.' They are on the same page."
Mason, who joined the Ravens in 2005, is the franchise's all-time leader in receiving yards (4,975). He also ranks second in career receptions (410) and receiving touchdowns (22). During his 13-year NFL career, Mason has played in 202 games, totaling 863 catches, 11,089 receiving yards and 59 receiving touchdowns. One of just 17 players to record 850 catches in a career, he ranks 14th on the NFL's all-time receptions list.
"I'm getting myself ready to play football and help the Ravens win," stated Mason, who registered 73 catches for a team-high 1,028 receiving yards for Baltimore in 2009. "But, the first thing I am going to do is take my family on vacation. I'll see everybody back in Baltimore soon."
Added Ravens head coachJohn Harbaugh: "This is outstanding – just great news for the Ravens. Our coaches are happy. Derrick's teammates are happy, and you know Joe is smiling.
"Way to go to Ozzie and [Pat Moriarty, vice president of football administration] for getting this done. We would have lost something special if Derrick had gone to another team. We have gotten better in the last couple of days."