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Will Mason retire?

OWINGS MILLS -- Veteran wide receiver Derrick Mason delivered an abrupt retirement announcement Monday that sent shockwaves throughout the Baltimore Ravens' organization following an unanticipated action that creates an offensive crisis if he follows through with his plans.

Although Mason definitely caught teammates and team officials off guard with his decision, it also triggered unconfirmed opinions that the two-time Pro Bowl wide receiver might be saber-rattling due to his unresolved request for a new contract. And teammates raised the question whether Mason, 35, was in an emotional state following the murder of former Ravens quarterback Steve McNair, his...