Mason on retirement: "It's still up in the air"

Cleaning out his locker Monday, wide receiver Derrick Mason gave the impression that he's conflicted on whether to return or retire.

"It’s still up in the air now," Mason said. "Right now, it’s one of those situations where you go home and think about it and you weigh the pros and the cons. If the pros outweigh the cons, that’s how you make your decision."

The interview with Mason got off to a bizarre start. Without being asked a question, Mason arrived at his locker and told reporters, "I’m done. I’m going to say it again, 'This is it.' I had a lot of fun. We had a good roll this year. We had a lot of ups and a lot of downs. Through it all, I think we stayed together as a team and played as a team."

Asked if he was announcing his retirement, he said, "I didn’t win a Super Bowl yet. I think I’m going to tell you when Ed Reed tells you all. Ed Reed is 50-50 right now. So, I’m more like 60-40. Nothing’s definite but death and taxes. We’ll see how it goes the next couple of weeks."

Mason led the Ravens with 1,028 yards receiving and seven receiving touchdowns. He finished second with 73 catches.

An unrestricted free agent on March 5, Mason hasn't ruled out coming back to the Ravens.

"There’s always a chance," Mason said. "I can’t tell you that right now. I enjoy this locker room. I enjoy the guys in this locker room. I enjoy this coaching staff. I enjoy playing here and I enjoy living here. I could see myself, if I choose to, coming back and finishing out my career here."

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