For the record, I don't remotely believe Derrick Mason is retired.
Sure, I believe Mason is emotional after the killing of his close friend and former teammate Steve Mcnair. I believe Mason is a bit beaten down by the health of his shoulder.
But most especially, what I really believe is Mason has been frustrated with his contract in Baltimore for a while now and "retirement" was an ultimate power play. Trust me — that's what the Ravens believe. And that's the wrong way for Mason to handle it.
I'm scheduled to be at Ravens training camp on August 11. I believe I will see Derrick Mason, Joe Flacco's security blanket, catching passes. And he'll at least be playing for the Ravens in Week 1.