No shock here: Harbaugh “optimistic” Mason will play in 2009

July 22, 2009 | Drew Forrester

Ravens Head Coach John Harbaugh talked with Derrick Mason yesterday and the coach says he’s “optimistic and hopeful” that Mason will play for the Ravens in 2009.

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Mason “retired” on Monday, July 13, but hasn’t yet filed the necessary paperwork with the NFL, leading many people to believe he’s merely seeking an extended off-season before reporting to camp in time for the season opener on September 13.

Mason hasn’t provided any public comment since his retirement announcement 9 days ago.