The Jets’ picture at receiver may continue to change. Four days after signing Plaxico Burress, numerous media outlets have indicated the Jets have interest in inking free agent Derrick Mason to a contract.
Head coach Rex Ryan didn’t confirm anything regarding Mason but did say that he knows the competitive wideout well.
“I can’t tell you how many times I’ve seen him launch his helmet in offense vs. defense deals,” Ryan said at today’s daily news briefing. “We had our share of rips at each other on the sidelines, all that kind stuff. I just know the kind of competitor he is. He’s a super intense guy, he’s a good person, and I know he wants to win more than anything.”
Mason, a wideout with 14 seasons on his résumé including his most recent stint with the Ravens from 2005-09, has been ultra-productive throughout his career and reached the 1,000-yard receiving mark eight of the past 10 years. The 37-year-old, a 5’10”, 197-pounder, is a Michigan State alum and actually played one season at MSU with Burress.
Moments after Ryan declared that WR Jerricho Cotchery was close to returning to action, J-Co echoed those thoughts but sounded as though his days may be coming to a close in green and white.
“Things happen. That’s life,” he said. “I’ve been here a long time, so I’ve seen some things take place where guys don’t get to finish their careers here. I thought Chad Pennington would have been here forever, but one night in the preseason he’s gone in the hotel. That’s the business of the NFL, that’s the way it works. Right now my focus is I’m ready to play football and I’m healthy.”
Cotchery, a fourth-round pick of the Jets in 2004, was slowed last season by a herniated disk and finished fifth on the club with 41 receptions. But he was the team’s leading pass catcher and reception yardage leader in 2009 (57-821), ’08 (71-858) and ’07 (82-1,130).
While it may take Burress some time to get back up to speed after a two-year absence from the NFL, the Jets are excited about the prospects of lining the 6’5”, 232-pounder across from the scintillating Santonio Holmes.
“He’s a fun dude to be around,” Cotchery said of Burress. “It seems like everything that comes out of his mouth is funny and he likes the mood around here. … He’s a pleasure to be around. I think he’ll be a big help to Mark.”
Cotchery had offseason back surgery and has started training camp on the PUP list. The only thing for certain right now is that he is close to playing again.
“I’m OK. I’ll be all right,” Cotchery told reporters. “I’m healthy right now.”
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