Ravens wide receiver Derrick Mason is one of the NFL's oldest players at age 37, but he has no immediate plans to retire.
Mason was asked in an interview on WBAL Radio on Saturday whether the possibility of a lockout might affect his thinking about retirement, and he replied, "No, not really. I haven't really given that much thought, because I'm very optimistic something will get done."
Negotiators from the NFL and NFL Players Association are meeting again this week in hopes of hammering out a new deal. The deadline is Friday, although the two sides have agreed to two deadline extensions in recent days.
As far as Mason is concerned, it's business as usual in terms of preparing as if there will be a season.
"Nothing's different for me," he said. "I'm going to continue to work out and do the things I've been doing for the last 15 years."
Mason had toyed with the idea of retirement the last two seasons. He remains one of quarterback Joe Flacco's primary targets, finishing second on the team with 61 catches. Anquan Boldin had 64 receptions.