Posted by Will Brinson
The New York Jets, rife with locker-room problems, recently dealt veteran wideout Derrick Mason to Houston. Houston didn't have to pay much at all for Mason (CBSSports.com's Mike Freeman originally reported it was a "low-round pick"), who quickly wore out his welcome in the Big Apple.
Turns out, the Texans might not have to pay anything for Mason's services the rest of the year. That's because, as Charley Casserly reported on The NFL Today, Mason's trade value is reportedly tied to his reception total while in Houston.
If Mason catches 33 or more passes, the Jets receive a seventh-round pick in exchange for the veteran wideout. If Mason catches 32 or less passes while with Houston this season, the Jets will receive nothing in return.
Casserly also reported that the Mason deal wasn't tied to -- ahem -- personnel issues but instead Mason's production.
"It was a football decision," Casserly said Sunday.
When Mason originally inked with the Jets this offseason, Rex Ryan said that Mason would catch 80 or 90 balls this year. Whoops -- Mason has 13 catches through five weeks of play, putting him on pace for 41.6 catches this year.
Houston possesses a more prolific offense than the Jets, and Andre Johnson's hamstring injury could really give Mason a shot at becoming a productive receiver again (Jacoby Jones got 11 targets in Week 5 against Oakland, though he only caught one pass).
And since he only needs three catches a game (Mason averages 5.56 for his career), it's entirely possible that Mason forces the Texans to ship a seventh-rounder to the Jets. Although based on what he was able to (not?) do in New York, it's doubtful that the Jets front office is too concerned.
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