Jets trade Derrick Mason to Houston, reports say
Neither team had announced the trade Wednesday morning, although the Jets' website mentioned the move in a blog post, citing SNY as its source.
The move is said to have been made Tuesday night, two days after Mason had only one pass thrown his way in the Jets' 30-21 loss to the New England Patriots. His role as the Jets' No. 3 receiver was mostly filled by rookie Jeremy Kerley.
Mason had made some critical comments about the Jets, now in a three-game losing streak, the previous week, saying the team had "cracks" that needed to be fixed. Coach Rex Ryan said after the Patriots' game that Mason's diminished role had nothing to do with those public comments.
“You guys know I have an open policy with the media,” Ryan said. “I don't put a muzzle on anybody.”
He added: “Derrick's going to still be a part of what we do. I just thought we can do some things with Kerley. I think we're excited [with] the way he's out there on the practice field and we'll see going forward.”
On Monday, Ryan acknowledged that he and Mason had "a private conversation" late last week.
The 15-year veteran Mason, who previously worked with Ryan in Baltimore, came to the Jets during the off-season after seven years with the Ravens. His seven-yard catch Sunday made him the 18th player in NFL history to reach 12,000 yards receiving, but overall his numbers with the Jets have been disappointing (13 catches for 115 yards).
"I thought Derrick would catch 80, 90 balls," Ryan said Sunday. "That hasn’t happened."
Looking forward, Mason should be able to help the Texans' offense while star receiver Andre Johnson recovers from a right hamstring injury.
— Chuck Schilken
The Associated Press contributed to this report
Photo: Derrick Mason of the New York Jets is tackled by Brandon Spikes of the New England Patriots. Credit: Elsa / Getty Images