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Ex-Titan Mason announces retirement

Former Tennessee Titans receiver Derrick Mason has announced his retirement after 15 NFL seasons, according to a report from Aaron Wilson of the Carroll County Times in Maryland.

Mason had hinted at retirement during a radio appearance last week on 102.5 The Game's First Quarter show with TitanInsider's Darren McFarland and former Titan Brad Hopkins

Mason, 37, was released by the Houston Texans late in the season after they had acquired him in an October trade with the New York Jets.

Mason was a fourth-round pick of the Titans in 1997 from Michigan State, and after a couple of seasons as a backup blossomed into the most productive reason since the franchise relocated from Houston. His 96 receptions in 2004 are the most by any receiver since the franchise moved to Tennessee.

Despite that production, Mason was one of six players released by the Titans in a salary cap purge in early 2005, and he signed with the Baltimore Ravens, where he spent six productive seasons.

After the lockout, Mason signed with the New York Jets, but was dealt to the Texans who later released him this season.

Mason finishes his NFL career with 943 receptions for 12,061 yards and 66 receiving touchdowns.

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