"I went to Brian and told him I'm sorry about all this stuff that's going on, but I'm not a part of it. We had a great conversation, Brian and I. We can talk as men. I respect Coach Schottenheimer as a coach. Whenever I've had a problem, I go to the individual and we talk as men."
Mason believes the Jets' continued dysfunction after he was traded is evidence that he was used as a scapegoat.
"They were a mess," Mason said. "It was a cluster you-know-what.
"You don't see stuff like this, it's not the norm. Before I left, you could see it materializing. Things heated up. If I was the problem, it would have stopped. If I was the guy complaining, it would have stopped. I wasn't the cancer in the locker room."
Cancer or not, Mason's days populating NFL locker rooms have come to an end, at least as a player. Mason told Scout.com he's retiring after 15 seasons in the league.
Mason finishes his career with 943 receptions for 12,061 yards and 66 touchdowns, not bad for a fourth-round draft pick out of Michigan State.