Jets GM: Mason trade not about critical comments

New York Jets general manager Mike Tannenbaum said Derrick Mason's production on the field - or lack theref - was the reason the veteran wide receiver was dealt to the Houston Texans on Tuesday.

Tannenbaum told ESPNNewYork.com that the trade had nothing to do with comments Mason made following a loss to Baltimore that there were "cracks" in the Jets offense.

"I think the hallmark of our program is everyone has to be themselves," Tannenbaum said. "And clearly that's the environment we have here. What he said after the Baltimore game had nothing to do with the decision we made last night. Obviously the performance on the field wasn't where he had expected to be or where we had expected to be."

Mason had 13 catches for 115 yards playing mostly as a third receiver for the Jets. He was benched during New York's loss to New England on Sunday, although Coach Rex Ryan also denied that that was related to the comments after the Baltimore game.

The Jets also denied a report that Mason, Santonio Holmes and Plaxico Burress voiced concerns about the offense and offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer to Ryan.

Nonetheless, the deal is done and now Mason heads to Houston after just five games with the Jets after be signed there following being a salary cap cut in Baltimore.

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