Jacksonville Jaguars wide receiver Calvin Ridley (0) receives a pass to bring in a touchdown past Tennessee Titans cornerback Sean Murphy-Bunting (0) during the second quarter at Nissan Stadium in Nashville, Tenn., Sunday, Jan. 7, 2024.

Titans land WR Calvin Ridley with $92M deal

The Tennessee Titans are signing wide receiver Calvin Ridley to a four-year, $92 million deal, his agents confirmed to ESPN on Wednesday.

The deal includes $50 million fully guaranteed for the 29-year-old wideout, who is coming off a 1,016-yard season with the Jacksonville Jaguars.

The Titans also are signing quarterback Mason Rudolph to a one-year contract worth up to $3.62 million and kicker Nick Folk to a one-year deal for $3.755 million that could increase up to $4.13 million, according to reports.

Returning to the NFL after a season-long gambling suspension in 2022, Ridley started all 17 games for Jacksonville and caught 76 passes with eight touchdowns.

The Jaguars and New England Patriots were believed to be the front-runners to sign Ridley, who instead will line up opposite All-Pro wideout DeAndre Hopkins in Nashville.

He set career highs with 90 receptions and 1,374 yards in 2020 with the Atlanta Falcons, who had selected him 26th overall in the 2018 NFL Draft out of Alabama.

Ridley has 324 career receptions for 4,358 yards and 36 touchdowns in 66 games (52 starts).

Rudolph, 28, spent his first four seasons with the Pittsburgh Steelers, who selected him in the third round of the 2018 NFL Draft out of Oklahoma State. He has played in 21 games, starting 13, with a record of 8-4-1.

He has completed 63.5 percent of his passes for 3,085 yards, 19 touchdowns and 11 interceptions. Rudolph won all three of his starts in 2023 for injured starter Kenny Pickett to help the Steelers make the playoffs.

Folk, 39, played in all 17 games in 2023, his first season with the Titans, and made 29 of 30 field goals (league-best 96.7 percent) with a long of 53 yards. He also made 28 of 30 extra-point attempts (93.3 percent).

He has played 16 years in the league for the Dallas Cowboys (2007-09), New York Jets (2010-16), Tampa Bay Buccaneers (2017), New England Patriots (2019-22) and Titans. Folk is 382 of 456 (83.8 percent) on field goals and 486 of 503 (96.6 percent) on extra points.

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Jacksonville Jaguars wide receiver Calvin Ridley (0) throws Wednesday, July 26, 2023 at Miller Electric Center at EverBank Stadium in Jacksonville, Fla. Today marked the first day of training camp for the Jacksonville Jaguars.

Jags WR Calvin Ridley limited with toe injury

Jacksonville Jaguars wide receiver Calvin Ridley is dealing with a minor toe injury, coach Doug Pederson confirmed Wednesday.

“He’ll be fine. We were sort of cautionary with him yesterday,” Pederson said, per the Florida Times-Union. “He’ll be back out there today and we’ll just monitor him and limit the amount of running that he’ll do.”

The Jaguars are hoping for a big comeback this season from Ridley, who served a year-long NFL suspension in 2022 for betting on football games and hasn’t played a full season since 2020.

Ridley, 28, played in only five games with the Atlanta Falcons in 2021 before stepping away to focus on his mental health. He posted career highs in 2020 with 90 catches for 1,374 yards.

The Jaguars acquired him at the trade deadline last Nov. 1, sending a 2023 fifth-round pick and a conditional 2024 fourth-rounder that could potentially become a second-round pick to the Falcons.

He caught 248 passes for 3,342 yards and 28 touchdowns in 49 games (35 starts) with the Falcons, who drafted him in the first round out of Alabama in 2018.

The Jaguars open the preseason at Dallas on Aug. 12 and kick off the regular season at AFC South rival Indianapolis on Sept. 10.

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Oct 3, 2021; Atlanta, Georgia, USA; Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Calvin Ridley (18) runs after a catch against the Washington Football Team in the second quarter at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports

Calvin Ridley: Betting on football ‘worst mistake of my life’

Jacksonville Jaguars wide receiver Calvin Ridley admitted to battling depression and anxiety during the time in his life that ultimately led to a year-long suspension by the NFL.

Ridley’s admission came during his 2,341-word article entitled “A Letter to the Game” in The Players’ Tribune on Wednesday, two days after he was reinstated by the league for placing bets on league games.

Ridley, 28, wasted no time getting to the heart of the matter in Wednesday’s article.

“To the football world, and everyone who loves this game: I (expletive) up. I’m not here to sugarcoat anything. In 2021, I made the worst mistake of my life by gambling on football,” Ridley wrote.

“I paid the price, believe me. I’ve seen all the jokes. I’ve seen all the hate. And I can shoulder all of that, no problem. All I want is for people to understand that, when I made those bets, there was a hell of a lot more going on with me.

“This is hard for a dude like me to talk about, but I want to be real with everybody. Back then, I was depressed. I was battling anxiety. I didn’t even want to leave my house. Football was the only thing that ever gave my life meaning, and I couldn’t even find any joy in that at the time. Honestly, I couldn’t even get up off the chair in my living room. Everything was just … dark.”

Ridley detailed that he had played most of the 2020 season with a broken foot. He posted career-best totals in catches (90) and receiving yards (1,374) with the Atlanta Falcons, while his nine touchdowns were one short of his rookie season.

“I was killing it on one foot, for real,” Ridley wrote. “Actually, I had played through bone spurs my first two years. Just gritted through it with painkillers. But then, my third year, the wheels came off. Week 8, we were playing Carolina and I remember looking at (then-teammate Julio Jones) and I just knew. I said, ‘Nah, bro, this is different.’

“When I got the MRI, though, the trainer told me it was just a bone bruise. So I kept pushing. I took Toradol shots every Sunday, and I finished the season. Listen, I know the deal. I’m a football player. It was my decision. I know what we get paid for, you feel me? If it’s really just a bruise, I’m gonna be out there.”

Ridley admitted that he rushed back to the team to start the next season given his top-wideout slot following the departure of Jones. He then noted that his house was robbed following the season opener in 2021, during which he saw “five or six guys come in with guns drawn. If you have a child, that’s your worst nightmare. My wife was traumatized. She couldn’t sleep at night. She couldn’t stand me being out of the house.”

Ridley noted the anxiety had ratcheted up at that point — and he stepped away from the team following Week 7.

“I wasn’t good. It’s as simple as that,” Ridley wrote. “I’m as mentally strong as they come, believe me. But I really just needed a break. So I stepped away from the team.”

While away for approximately a month, Ridley said he made a “stupid” mistake.

“I was still just so depressed and angry, and the days were so long. I was looking for anything to take my mind off of things and make the day go by faster,” he wrote. “One day, I saw a TV commercial for a betting app, and for whatever reason, I downloaded it on my phone. I deposited like $1,500 total, literally just for something to do. I was going to bet like $200 on some NBA games that night, but then I just added a bunch more games to a parlay. I put the Falcons in on it. I was just doing it to root on my boys, basically. I didn’t have any inside information. I wasn’t even talking to anybody on the team at the time. I was totally off the grid.

“Whenever people ask, ‘What were you thinking?’ The only answer I can give is, ‘I wasn’t.’

“When you’re depressed, you’re not thinking about anything in the future. You’re just trying to get through the day.”

Ridley admitted to placing $1,500 in wagers on NFL games in 2021. He bet on games between Nov. 23-28, 2021.

The Jaguars acquired Ridley at the trade deadline last Nov. 1, sending a 2023 fifth-round pick and a conditional 2024 fourth-rounder that could potentially become a second-round pick to the Falcons.

“Right now, I feel stronger than I’ve ever felt — mentally and physically,” Ridley wrote. “On the field, I’m flying. Believe me, I’m flying. That GPS band don’t lie. On my daughter’s name, if I’m healthy? With Trevor Lawrence? I’m giving Jacksonville 1,400 yards a season, period.”

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Oct 3, 2021; Atlanta, Georgia, USA; Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Calvin Ridley (18) tries to catch a pass against the Washington Football Team during the second half at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports

Reports: Suspended WR Calvin Ridley applies for reinstatement

Suspended Jacksonville Jaguars wide receiver Calvin Ridley applied to the NFL for reinstatement on Wednesday, multiple outlets reported.

The league suspended Ridley last March 7 through at least the 2022 season and said he could ask for the suspension to be lifted on Feb. 15, 2023.

Ridley admitted to placing $1,500 in wagers on NFL games in 2021. He bet on games between Nov. 23-28, 2021, when he was away from his then-team, the Atlanta Falcons, for personal reasons.

“I don’t have a gambling problem,” Ridley tweeted after the suspension was announced.

The Jaguars acquired Ridley at the trade deadline last Nov. 1, sending a 2023 fifth-round pick and a conditional 2024 fourth-rounder that could potentially become a second-round pick to the Falcons.

“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,” Jaguars general manager Trent Baalke said in a statement at the time.

Ridley, 28 , hasn’t played since Week 7 of the 2021 season. He finished that season with 31 catches for 281 yards and two touchdowns.

Since being selected No. 26 overall by the Falcons in the 2018 draft, Ridley has 248 catches for 3,342 yards and 28 TDs in 49 games (35 starts).

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Oct 3, 2021; Atlanta, Georgia, USA; Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Calvin Ridley (18) runs after a catch against the Washington Football Team in the second quarter at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports

Reports: Jaguars trading for suspended WR Calvin Ridley

The Jacksonville Jaguars are trading for suspended Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Calvin Ridley, multiple outlets reported Tuesday.

The sides are trying to finalize the deal, reportedly complex, ahead of the 4 p.m. ET trade deadline.

Regardless, Ridley would remain suspended through at least the 2022 season for betting on Falcons games in 2021.

The Falcons are set to receive a 2023 fifth-round pick and a conditional 2024 fourth-rounder that could potentially become a second-round pick, per the reports.

According to ESPN: The pick will remain Round 4 if Ridley is on the Jags’ roster; it elevates to Round 3 if Ridley reaches certain incentives; it becomes a Round 2 if the Jags sign Ridley to a contract extension.

Ridley was suspended last March for at least one year for betting on NFL games during the 2021 season. Ridley bet on games between Nov. 23-28, 2021, while away from the team for personal reasons. Ridley forfeited his 2022 salary of $11.1 million, which tolls to the next season (2023) and would become a liability of the Jaguars.

Ridley played in five games (all starts) last season. He finished 2021 with 31 catches for 281 yards and two touchdowns.

Since being selected No. 26 overall by the Falcons in the 2018 draft, Ridley has 248 catches for 3,342 yards and 28 TDs in 49 games (35 starts).

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Oct 3, 2021; Atlanta, Georgia, USA; Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Calvin Ridley (18) tries to catch a pass behind Washington Football Team cornerback William Jackson III (23) during the second half at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports

Falcons WR Calvin Ridley among alleged victims of crime spree

Suspended Falcons wide receiver Calvin Ridley is among the victims of an alleged gang-related crime spree in the Atlanta area, the district attorney said.

Also targeted was Atlanta United goalkeeper Brad Guzan, said Fani Willis, the Fulton County district attorney.

On Monday, Willis unveiled a 220-count indictment that a grand jury handed up last week that charges 26 alleged members of the Drug Rich gang with a breaking into homes and carrying out burglaries in Fulton County over the past year. She said the homes of athletes, entertainers, social media influencers and those who display their luxuries on social media were ripe for crime.

Willis said Drug Rich members have committed a string of violent crimes in addition to home invasions, including kidnappings and armed robberies. The homes of Ridley and Guzan were broken into, she said.

“What they do is target people who show their wealth on social media,” she said. “So I do have a message for the public: Where it is kind of fun to put your things on social media and show off, unfortunately these gangs are becoming more savvy, more sophisticated in the way that they target you.”

Ridley, for one, has been known to flaunt expensive jewelry on his Instagram account.

He is suspended indefinitely for gambling on NFL games last season. His suspension will last through at least the 2022 season.

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Sep 26, 2021; East Rutherford, New Jersey, USA; Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Calvin Ridley (18) carries the ball past New York Giants free safety Jabrill Peppers (21) during the first quarter at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports

Falcons’ Calvin Ridley suspended 1 year for gambling on NFL

Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Calvin Ridley was suspended Monday for at least one year for betting on NFL games during the 2021 season.

Ridley can appeal the suspension. If it stands, he can petition for reinstatement on Feb. 15, 2023.

Ridley bet on games over a five-day period in late November while the 27-year-old was away from the team for personal reasons, according to an NFL release.

“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,” commissioner Roger Goodell said in a letter to Ridley.

Ridley played in five games (all starts) last season. On Oct. 31, he announced that he was leaving the team to “focus on my mental well-being.” He had missed two games to that point for what the club called personal reasons.

He finished 2021 with 31 catches for 281 yards and two touchdowns.

Since being selected No. 26 overall by the Falcons in the 2018 draft, Ridley has 248 catches for 3,342 yards and 28 TDs in 49 games (35 starts).

In its statement, the NFL said there was no evidence that Ridley used inside information to place bets. There’s also no evidence that teammates or coaches were aware of his activity, the league said.

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Oct 24, 2021; Miami Gardens, Florida, USA; Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Calvin Ridley (18) gets a tap on the helmet from quarterback Matt Ryan (2) after scoring a touchdown against the Miami Dolphins during the second quarter of the game at Hard Rock Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Sam Navarro-USA TODAY Sports

Falcons WR Calvin Ridley (personal reasons) out vs. Panthers

Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Calvin Ridley is inactive for Sunday’s game against the Carolina Panthers due to a personal matter.

Ridley also didn’t travel to London for the Oct. 10 game due to personal reasons, a 27-20 win against the New York Jets, but returned after the bye week for last week’s 30-28 win over the Miami Dolphins.

Ridley, 26, caught his second touchdown pass of the season in that game. He has 31 catches for 281 yards for the Falcons (3-3) so far this season.

Ridley had career bests of 90 catches and 1,374 yards last season when he supplanted the since-departed Julio Jones as the team’s top wideout.

Overall, Ridley has 248 receptions for 3,342 yards and 28 touchdowns in 49 NFL games (35 starts).

Tajae Sharpe will start in Ridley’s place.

The Falcons also listed running back Wayne Gallman, linebacker Dorian Etheridge, offensive lineman Josh Andrews and defensive linemen John Cominsky and Ta’Quon Graham as inactive vs. the Panthers (3-4).

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Sep 26, 2021; East Rutherford, New Jersey, USA; Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Calvin Ridley (18) carries the ball past New York Giants free safety Jabrill Peppers (21) during the first quarter at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports

WR Calvin Ridley (personal) returns to Falcons

Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Calvin Ridley is returning to practice after taking time away to address a personal matter.

Coach Arthur Smith made the announcement Monday.

Ridley didn’t travel to London for the Oct. 10 game, a 27-20 win against the New York Jets. The Falcons had a bye Sunday.

Ridley, 26, is off to a strong start and has 27 catches for 255 yards and one touchdown for Atlanta (2-3).

The team did not give a reason for his time away from the team, saying only, “We are in support of Calvin during this time and will respect his privacy on the matter.”

Riley had career bests of 90 catches and 1,374 yards last season when he supplanted the since-departed Julio Jones as the team’s top wideout.

Overall, Ridley has 244 receptions for 3,316 yards and 27 touchdowns in 48 NFL games (34 starts).

The Falcons visit the Miami Dolphins (1-5) on Sunday.

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Dec 13, 2020; Inglewood, California, USA; Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Calvin Ridley (18) runs the ball against the Los Angeles Chargers during the first half at SoFi Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

Report: Falcons WR Calvin Ridley had minor foot surgery

Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Calvin Ridley had minor foot surgery but should be ready for training camp, NFL Network reported Wednesday.

Ridley, 26, recently had “a little cleanup” procedure with Dr. Robert Anderson in Green Bay, Wis., per the report.

He is not participating in this week’s minicamp. The Falcons are scheduled to report to training camp on July 27.

Ridley enters the 2021 season in the spotlight as quarterback Matt Ryan’s undisputed go-to target following the trade of seven-time Pro Bowl selection Julio Jones to the Tennessee Titans.

With Jones missing seven games last season, Ridley led the Falcons and set career highs with 90 catches for 1,374 yards. He caught nine touchdown passes.

A first-round pick in 2018 (26th overall) out of Alabama, Ridley has 217 catches for 3,061 yards and 26 touchdowns in 44 games (30 starts).

–Field Level Media