In a move that shouldn’t come as a surprise to anybody who has followed the recent news surrounding the New York Jets, the team has traded veteran wide receiver Derrick Mason to the Houston Texans. The reported compensation is a conditional 7th round draft pick and I only wish they could have traded him to the Pittsburgh Steelers for Jerricho Cotchery who is languishing on their bench.
The transaction is a bold admission of a mistake by General Manager Mike Tannenbaum, who released Cotchery in favor of Mason only two months ago. Mason never seemed to get in sync with the Jets offense, as he had a dropped touchdown week one versus Dallas and was the target of a handful of Mark Sanchez interceptions in the following weeks. He was benched in favor of rookie Jeremy Kerley last week after making critical post-game comments following the Jets loss to Baltimore and Kerley responded with 3 receptions and a touchdown, flashing his big play potential.
Ultimately, this is the right decision at this moment for the Jets who will now at least get some compensation for Mason. Kerley is a young player with more potential, so why not give him the reps?