Fact: Since 2000, Derrick Mason ranks fourth among active NFL players in receptions (816) and receiving yards (10,481). He is 14th on the league's all-time catches list, trailing Keenan McCardell (who is 13th) by 20 receptions. Ravens officials gave him a couple pats on the back during Wednesday's press conference.
Rumor: According to the NFL Network, the Dallas Cowboys haven't ruled out going after a restricted free agent to replace left tackle Flozell Adams. The report suggested that the Cowboys could end up with either the Ravens' Jared Gaither, New Orleans' Jammal Brown or Tampa Bay's Donald Penn (Bucs) before the draft.
As of Tuesday's pre-draft luncheon, general manager Ozzie Newsome said he hasn't had "any dialogue" with teams about Gaither. "I have yet to field any calls from any team about any of our players this offseason," Newsome said. "We look at it and say, 'Up until someone offers something really, really enticing, then these are our players.'"
Opinion: The Ravens shouldn't consider going after tight end Tony Scheffler, who appears to be the next player headed out of Denver. One reason is there's too many intriguing tight ends in this draft. This is the time to find a young prospect who can be groomed under Todd Heap. The other reason: Scheffler is only worth a third- or a fourth-round pick (which the Ravens don't have). So, the best the Ravens could offer is a second-round selection, which is too much to give up.
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