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Wednesday October 12th, 2011

Derrick Mason

Derrick Mason’s trade comes days after the veteran criticized the Jets offense. (Matt Cohen/ZUMAPRESS.com)

The New York Jets reportedly traded wide receiver Derrick Mason to Houston Tuesday night, just days after Mason found himself in the center of controversy in New York.

Mason played just five snaps in the Jets' Week 5 loss to New England, leading to speculation that Rex Ryan was punishing the veteran wide receiver for comments Mason made criticizing the team's offense. Jeremy Kerley took Mason's spot in the lineup at the No. 3 wide receiver position and turned in three catches and a TD.

The 37-year-old Mason signed a two-year deal with the Jets this past offseason but had been a massive disappointment early in the season. He made one catch for seven yards Sunday, giving him 13 grabs for a measly 115 yards receiving on the season. He's also yet to find the end zone.

All that said, Mason still represents a potential boost to a depleted Texans' receiving corps.

With Andre Johnson nursing a hamstring injury, Houston's receivers turned in just seven catches in a loss to Oakland Sunday -- five of those coming from Kevin Walter. Houston's No. 2 receiver with Johnson out, Jacoby Jones, made just one grab for nine yards and was manhandled by the Raiders' secondary all day.

If Johnson's return to the lineup continues to be delayed, Mason figures to bump Jones out of his temporary starting spot. Even with Johnson back, the Texans will no doubt give Mason an extended look.

For the Jets, they rid themselves of a bust free-agent signing and possible locker room distraction. Houston, meanwhile, gets a chance to upgrade at wide receiver without giving up much. It's a win-win for now, though it remains to be seen how much Mason has left in the tank.

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