Originally posted on The Jets Blog  |  Last updated 10/16/11

FOXBORO, MA - JANUARY 10: Derrick Mason #85 of the Baltimore Ravens smiles on the field against the New England Patriots during the 2010 AFC wild-card playoff game at Gillette Stadium on January 10, 2010 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. The Ravens won 33-14. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
So what exactly happened within the team to send Derrick Mason packing? If you buy the Jets’ official line, and what Mike Tannenbaum has said, then it’s merely a question of performance and money. Tannenbaum’s quote soon after the deal was made was that Mason “just didn’t play the level that he had hoped and we had hoped.” And so Derrick Mason was demoted against the Patriots in favor of rookie Jeremy Kerley and traded away two days later. That explanation doesn’t sit well with a lot of people. For instance, Plaxico Burress, who said this on Wednesday: “My production hasn’t been all that great either,” Burress said yesterday. “Santonio’s production hasn’t been all that great either. So you can’t just point at one guy. You can’t just say it was his production.” In a post made on Thursday, Eric Manassy took this issue and ran with it, calling out Kerley’s stats vs Mason’s. In five games, Mason has made 13 receptions for 115 yards and no touchdowns. Kerley has started only one
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