3. Trading Ridley only hurts the Atlanta Falcons cap situation
No matter how you spin it trading Calvin Ridley puts the Atlanta Falcons in a worse cap situation. Unless you believe the Atlanta Falcons are going to draft two receivers capable of starting what does trading Ridley help?
Atlanta is already dealing with paying Julio Jones next season a Titans player who will count for $15.5 million against the cap. Trading Calvin Ridley just isn’t a wise move, there isn’t a single player in free agency capable of producing to Ridley’s level that isn’t going to cost Atlanta more than they are paying Ridley.
Atlanta would be far better served to draft one receiver and attempt to develop an option if Ridley wants to move on from Atlanta after next season. Atlanta can let Ridley hit free agency and be in a far better cap situation to replace him.
While they wouldn’t get any value back Ridley’s production in 2022 would make up for that fact. If Ridley is able to come back to Atlanta next season there shouldn’t be any questions surrounding his future.
The Atlanta Falcons need to be bringing in more talent in what is likely Matt Ryan’s final seasons. Losing a player like Ridley shouldn’t be an option for a team attempting to find a way back into contention.