Jets trade of Mason to Texans for low draft pick

Posted: 12/10/2011 in Football, NFL
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The New York Jets have traded wide receiver Derrick Mason to the Houston Texans for an undisclosed draft choice.
Jets general manager Mike Tannenbaum said Wednesday that “things didn’t work out on the field” with Mason. The receiver had just 13 catches for 115 yards in five games — two starts — for New York this season.
“We were committed to try to make it work and get him to play better on the field at a level he was accustomed to, and what we were expecting,” Tannenbaum said.
Mason signed with the Jets in August after spending the previous six seasons with Baltimore. The 14-year veteran had 61 catches for 802 yards and seven scores last season.
Tannenbaum said the trade had “nothing to do” with critical comments Mason made following the Jets’ Week 4 loss to Baltimore. Additionally, the New York Daily News reported Sunday that Mason was one of three receivers to approach head coach Rex Ryan in the past few weeks with concerns about offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer.
Tannenbaum said factors that did go into making the trade were Mason’s on- field performance, the opportunity to get a draft pick, and the emergence of rookie Jeremy Kerley.
A fifth-round pick in this year’s draft, Kerley posted his first NFL receptions this past weekend against the Patriots. He had three catches for 35 yards and a touchdown.
– Steve
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