Ex-Falcons WR Calvin Ridley reinstated following 1-year suspension
Former Falcons wide receiver Calvin Ridley was officially reinstated by the league on Monday after serving a one-year suspension for betting on NFL games in 2021.
Ridley, a first-round pick by Atlanta in 2018, was traded to the Jaguars last offseason for a pair of draft picks. The Falcons received a fifth-round pick in 2023 and a conditional pick in 2024.
With Calvin Ridley's reinstatement, Atlanta gets Jacksonville's fifth round pick this year.
Conditional 2024 pick, too, that's a fourth rounder. Depending on Ridley's 2023 season, it could end up being a 2024 third rounder & if he signs an extension, it'll be a second rounder.
— Michael Rothstein (@mikerothstein) March 6, 2023
The 2024 selection will be based on Ridley’s performance this season. If the former Alabama star simply makes the Jaguars’ roster, the Falcons will receive a fourth-round pick.
If Ridley hits certain regular season incentives, the pick becomes a third-rounder, and if Jacksonville signs him to an extension, Atlanta will receive a second-round pick in 2024.
So while Ridley is no longer in Atlanta, his play this season will have an impact on the Falcons’ future. Ridley released a statement following his reinstatement, which you can see below.
Statement from #jaguars WR Calvin Ridley: pic.twitter.com/EJnhha3Zj4
— James Palmer (@JamesPalmerTV) March 6, 2023
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