Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Calvin Ridley only suited up for five games during the 2021 NFL season. He missed the majority of the campaign due to mental health reasons, leaving his future with the franchise up in the air.
Some have theorized that Ridley could use a fresh start with a new team in 2022. After all, a change in scenery is all some players need to bounce back. However, Falcons owner Arthur Blank made it clear on Wednesday that the organization would "love" to have the talented wideout back next season.
Even if Atlanta wants to keep him, the best thing for Ridley might be a trade at some point this offseason. He has one year remaining on his current contract with a cap hit of $11.116 million next season.
Here's a look at the three most likely trade destinations for Ridley.
Calvin Ridley Trade Destinations
1. Detroit Lions
Detroit Lions wide receivers coach Antwaan Randle El has made it clear that the team hopes to add some wideouts this offseason. Amon-Ra St. Brown and Quintez Cephus are both talented, but neither has proven to be the No. 1 option that Ridley already is just yet. Ridley has over 3,300 receiving yards across four seasons and could be the top-end weapon that Jared Gaff lacked in 2021. The Lions have a bright young team that should get better from here on out and the 27-year-old wideout is at the perfect spot in his career to be a leader on the team. Detroit has the draft picks and cap space to make this deal a reality.
2. Jacksonville Jaguars
Trevor Lawrence's first season as the Jacksonville Jaguars starting quarterback didn't go as planned. While the team has several areas to improve upon, it's clear that the Jaguars need a No. 1 wide receiver. On the field, Ridley's already proven that he's capable of handling the role. When it comes to off the field, he's a Florida native and playing in his home state might be what he needs to get back to where he was in 2020. Head coach Doug Pederson will want to start his tenure off on the right foot and adding a wide receiver of Ridley's caliber would be a great way to ensure that happens.
3. Cleveland Browns
The Cleveland Browns could potentially trade Jarvis Landry this offseason to create cap space. With Odell Beckham already gone, the Browns would lack a clear-cut top wideout if Landry is moved. Expectations are already high for Cleveland next season, so a wide receiver like Ridley would give them the best chance to succeed. Teams already heavily focus on the Browns' ground game, which should open up pass-catching opportunities for Ridley. If the rest of the Browns roster can stay healthy throughout 2022, the addition of Ridley could help them become a serious threat in the AFC.
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