Don’t count out Calvin Ridley being a Falcon for the long haul
Some of the biggest news over the past few weeks—even if it was overshadowed by crazier events—has been the year-long suspension of Atlanta Falcons wide receiver, Calvin Ridley.
Ridley was expected to have an even bigger year this past season but due to other circumstances that just never happened, now he will get even more time off via suspension. Many people have written him off as a Falcon, but there is still a chance he will eventually sign a long-term contract with the team.
The Falcons may end up holding on to their recently suspended receiver
To be perfectly candid, we will not know the answer to all of this for a long while, the Falcons are bound to hold onto him at least until his suspension is served, assuming he does not appeal, that would be a year from now.
Fans have been saying their goodbyes to Ridley being a lifelong Falcon. With the stupid mistake he made and the long suspension, it has left a bad taste in people’s mouths.
But hold on, because if he is not traded next offseason, the Falcons might look to secure his future with the team.
Everyone knows the type of player Ridley can be, he was a Pro Bowl snub in 2020, he has not lost the ability to play at a high level and the Falcons know that.
Calvin Ridley’s value has also taken a massive hit, meaning the team could see that as an opportunity to buy low on his contract.
It is not a bad strategy and while many fans will have recency bias when it comes to the mistakes he has made, after his suspension, it is likely that everyone will forget about the gambling issues if he starts playing at a high level again.
This could end up working out in the Falcons favor, they might just get a discount on one of their star players.