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Arthur Blank Makes Surprising Admission About Calvin Ridley Status With Falcons

Isaiah De Los Santos
Atlanta Falcons owner Arthur Blank made a surprising admission on Calvin Ridley as trade rumors swirl.
Atlanta Falcons owner Arthur Blank made a surprising admission on Calvin Ridley as trade rumors swirl. / Michael Reaves/GettyImages

One of the biggest stories around the league this offseason is the status of Calvin Ridley's relationship with the Atlanta Falcons. Ridley, who stepped away from the team after Week 7 to focus on his mental health, has been involved in recent trade rumors as insiders think he could be looking for a fresh start somewhere else.

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Falcons owner Arthur Blank is the latest to weigh in, and he had some surprising comments.

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It sounds like there's a real possibility of Ridley wanting out, based on Blank's response. It's clear Blank is making an effort to let the wideout know he's wanted in Atlanta, which wouldn't be necessary if there wasn't any flight risk.

"We'd love him to stay in Atlanta. Whether or not he wants to do that -- he may decide that he wants a fresh start someplace else. We don't know that. I don't know that. I don't have information to indicate that, but we'll see how that plays out."

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Blank seems to be preparing for things to take a turn, given his "we'll see" approach. And he even admitted that Ridley could potentially want to restart his career "someplace else," which should put Falcons fans on edge.

This situation seems somewhat reminiscent to the Julio Jones trade last summer. There were whispers of Jones wanting to go to a new team, but his trade demands leaking on national TV sealed his fate.

The Falcons will have to wait for that same kind of clarity with Ridley before deciding to move forward with him or find him a new home.

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