Dirty Birds Deal Former Bama Reciever to the Jaguars
The Atlanta Falcons have traded former first round receiver Calvin Ridley to the Jacksonville Jaguars.
The Falcons will receive a 2023 fifth-round pick and a 2024 conditional fourth-round selection for the former Tide standout, sources told ESPN's Adam Schefter.
"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." Jaguars general manager Trent Baalke said in a statement.
The Jaguars hope that Ridley, who is currently serving a season long suspension for betting on NFL game last year, will mesh with Trevor Lawrence in his third year and become the true No. 1 receiver the talented quarterback has lacked since entering the league.
Ridley was one of the better receivers in the NFL prior to his suspension, since being drafted by Atlanta in 2018, posting 248 receptions for 3,342 yards and 28 touchdowns in 49 games with the Falcons, including 90 receptions for 1,374 yards and nine touchdowns in 2020.
The addition of Stephon Diggs vaulted third year quarterback Josh Allen from an ultra-talented but inconsistent starter to a perennial MVP candidate, and the Jaguars are hoping that Ridley can have the same impact for Lawrence.