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Mason calls Goodell 'a joke,' says Flacco's 'time will come'

Making his weekly appearance on "The Norris & Davis Show" on 105.7 The Fan this morning, Ravens wide receiver Derrick Mason called NFL commissioner Roger Goodell "a joke" for his stance on human growth hormone testing and said that Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco will get his extension eventually.

Speaking to Woodlawn High students yesterday about the dangers of using performance-enhancing drugs, Goodell said that HGH testing must be part of the new collective bargaining agreement with the players. Asked about Goodell's comments by hosts Steve Davis and Ed Norris, Mason said that now isn't the time for the commissioner to be worrying about drug testing.

“You want to do whatever you have to do to make sure there’s not a competitive edge in the sport,” Mason said. “Blood tests, I don’t know. They’ve been crying about a blood test for [a long time]. I think that’s too intrusive. There’s other ways and other methods, I think, to go about testing for it.

“He needs to stop crying about blood tests and HGH. He needs to try to get a deal done, that’s what he needs to do. He’s been on this crusade about HGH, but he needs to be on a crusade about getting these owners together and trying to work out a deal. To me, he’s a joke, because every time I look, he’s talking about performance enhancements instead of talking about trying to figure out a way to make sure football is played in August."

Mason was asked if he would call Goodell "a joke" to his face.

“Yeah,” he replied. “He’s a grown man and I’m a grown man.”

Later in the conversation, the topic switched to Flacco, who said over the weekend that he was disappointed the Ravens didn't want to discuss a contract extension this offseason. His deal is up after the 2012 season.

“I think Joe has proven that he is worth a new contract," Mason said. "When they’re going to do it, I don’t know. But if you look at the history -- you go back to Terrell Suggs, Ray Lewis, Chris McAlister, Haloti Ngata now -- the Ravens are not in a business of doing deals before the deal is up. That’s just their history."

But Mason said he thought the Ravens would make an exception for the quarterback.

“You just don’t let quarterbacks hit the market, especially not a talent like Joe," he said.

Mason pointed out what many of us have also pointed out, though, saying that an extension can't be negotiated during a lockout, that Ngata is ahead of Flacco in line for a new deal and that the Ravens will have a bunch of free agents to sign whenever the lockout is lifted. “His day will come," Mason said.

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