Unrestricted free agent wide receiver Derrick Mason and the Ravens reached a two-year agreement in principle Wednesday night, giving Baltimore what should be a formidable receiving corps heading into 2010.
But less than a week later acquiring Boldin, the Ravens made a statement that they still value their veteran Mason.
"We know exactly what we're getting with Derrick, and that's production," General Manager and Executive Vice President Ozzie 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 led the Ravens in receiving yards (1,028) and touchdowns (7) in 2009. He finished second on the team behind Ray Rice in receptions with 73. Mason has notched at least 1,000 yards receiving in eight of his past nine seasons.
"This is outstanding – just great news for the Ravens," Head Coach John Harbaugh said. "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."
There were rumors that there could be interest in Mason from the Miami Dolphins and New England Patriots. Mason had also hinted at retirement at the end of the Ravens' playoff run, he said a two-year deal would convince him to play.
"I'm getting myself ready to play football and help the Ravens win," Mason said. "But, the first thing I am going to do is take my family on vacation. I'll see everybody back in Baltimore soon."