Originally written on B-More Birds Nest  |  Last updated 6/30/14

BALTIMORE - NOVEMBER 22: Derrick Mason #85 of the Baltimore Ravens comes off the field before the game against the Indianapolis Colts at M&T Bank Stadium on November 22, 2009 in Baltimore, Maryland. The Colts defeated the Ravens 17-15. (Photo by Larry French/Getty Images)

Hopefully Derrick Mason kept his house in Baltimore, because he’s been spending a lot of time in Charm City as of late.

In a surprise move late Tuesday, the Houston Texans traded a conditional draft pick to the New York Jets for the 15-year veteran. It’s clear that Mason was not a fit in New York and had reportedly been benched after criticizing his role in the offense.

Since when is having a big mouth in New York an issue, Rex?

With Peyton Manning likely out for the season, the AFC South is clearly up for grabs and it looks to be a battle between the Tennessee Titans and the Houston Texans for the division crown.

Signing Mason is a great move for the Texans because he was not being utilized the best way in New York. Mason, who has posted 1,000 yard campaigns in eight of his last ten seasons, was lost in the mix of Santonio Holmes’ big new contract and Plaxico Burresses freedom campaign.

I fully expect Mason to produce in Houston much like he did in his six seasons with the Ravens. When healthy, the Texans have one of the league’s elite offenses with running back Arian Foster, tight end Owen Daniels, and wide receiver Andre Johnson. With Johnson out though, the Texans are a bit thin at the WR position. Jacoby Jones has been a disappointment in his four seasons in Houston.

Mason should expect to see many balls thrown his way from Texans quarterback Matt Schaub, as these other high profile players command the attention of opposing defenses.

Some may surmise that Mason was just brought in for “intel” on the Ravens offensive game plan.

However, this seems highly unlikely. Hell, Cam Cameron could have been picked up by the Texans and he probably couldn’t even explain the inconsistency on that side of the ball for Baltimore.

No, this move is purely about the Texans hoping Mason can produce at near the level he did in Baltimore, and that he can be a viable compliment to Johnson.

So Derrick, welcome back to Baltimore! It’s probably best you keep your mouth shut and your head on a swivel with Chuck Pagano’s defense champing at the bit as they get ANOTHER chance to meet you head-on across the middle.

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