Jaguars acquire WR Calvin Ridley from Falcons

The Jacksonville Jaguars acquired wide receiver Calvin Ridley from the Atlanta Falcons via trade, the team announced today.

According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, the Falcons get a 2023 5th-round pick and a conditional 2024 4th that can rise if certain conditions are met.

The 27-year-old Ridley was suspended for at least the 2022 NFL season for betting on NFL games back in 2021.

Ridley has a lot of ability, and once he gets reinstated, the fifth-year wideout definitely can help the Jaguars.

“We are excited to welcome Calvin Ridley to our organization and the Duval community,” Jaguars General Manager Trent Baalke said via a press release announcing the move. “This is an opportunity to add a proven playmaker to our already talented wide receiver room as we continue to build our roster for 2023 and beyond. We are looking forward to finishing strong this season and integrating Calvin into our program at the appropriate time.”

Ridley played in 49 games (35 starts) from 2018-21 and caught 248 passes for 3,342 yards and 28 TDs. In 2020, he recorded single-season career highs in receptions (90) and receiving yards (1,374) while tallying a team-high nine touchdown receptions, earning second-team Associated Press All-Pro honors. Ridley eclipsed 100 receiving yards in eight games in 2020, the most in the NFL.

In 2018, Ridley led all rookie wide receivers in receptions (64), receiving yards (821), and TDs (10) and was named to the PFWA All-Rookie Team. He totaled 17 TD catches in his first two seasons with the Falcons, the most by any player in their first two seasons since Odell Beckham Jr. in 2014-15. Ridley was one of seven players to total at least 25 receiving TDs from 2018-20, joining Davante Adams, Tyreek Hill, Mike Evans, Adam Thielen, Tyler Lockett, and tight end Travis Kelce. 

A Fort Lauderdale, Florida native, Ridley attended Alabama and finished second in program history in receptions (224) and receiving touchdowns (19) while ranking third in program history with 2,781 receiving yards. 

 

Falcons’ Ridley suspended indefinitely for betting on NFL games

Atlanta Falcons WR Calvin Ridley will be suspended for at least the 2022 NFL season for betting on NFL games, the league announced Monday.

According to the NFL, the activity took place during a five-day period in late November 2021 while the fourth-year veteran was not with the team and was away from the club’s facility on the non-football illness list.

A league investigation uncovered no evidence indicating any inside information was used or that any game was compromised in any way.  Nor was there evidence suggesting any awareness by coaches, staff, teammates, or other players of his betting activity.

In a letter to Ridley notifying him of his suspension, Commissioner Roger Goodell wrote:

“There is nothing more fundamental to the NFL’s success – and to the reputation of everyone associated with our league – than upholding the integrity of the game. This is the responsibility of every player, coach, owner, game official, and anyone else employed in the league. Your actions put the integrity of the game at risk, threatened to damage public confidence in professional football, and potentially undermined the reputations of your fellow players throughout the NFL.

“For decades, gambling on NFL games has been considered among the most significant violations of league policy warranting the most substantial sanction. In your case, I acknowledge and commend you for your promptly reporting for an interview, and for admitting your actions.” 

Ridley responded via Twitter:

The 27-year-old Ridley may petition for reinstatement on or after February 15, 2023.