Kelley Washington

Mike Preston: Ravens need Mason back, warts and all

A few years ago, the Ravens could have traded Derrick Mason and there would have been few arguments. He was an "I Guy", a notorious complainer who had a quick temper.

But now, they should find a spot for him on the roster again.

Mason was one of four key veterans waived by the Ravens on Black Monday. He is still a prima donna, short-tempered and selfish, but during his six seasons in Baltimore, he was the team's most consistent offensive performer with 471 receptions and 5,777 receiving yards.

He has had more impact on the offense than Joe Flacco, Ray Rice, Willis McGahee and Todd Heap.

The departure of Mason was a business decision, according to...