Titans Secure WR Calvin Ridley with 4-Year, $92M Contract

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On Wednesday, agents David Mulugheta and Reza Hesam informed ESPN’s Adam Schefter that wide receiver Calvin Ridley is finalizing a four-year, $92 million contract with the Tennessee Titans, with $50 million guaranteed.

Ridley will join DeAndre Hopkins and Treylon Burks as primary pass-catching targets for second-year quarterback Will Levis.

Additionally, Tennessee has reached a one-year agreement with former Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Mason Rudolph. 

NFL Network, which first reported the news, indicated that Rudolph’s deal could reach up to $3.62 million. 

Rudolph will vie with third-year quarterback Malik Willis for the backup position behind Levis. The Titans currently hold a 1-2 record in Willis’ three career starts.

Calvin Ridley’s Strong Comeback Season with Jaguars

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JACKSONVILLE, FLORIDA – DECEMBER 17: Calvin Ridley #0 of the Jacksonville Jaguars in action during the first half of a game against the Baltimore Ravens at EverBank Stadium on December 17, 2023 in Jacksonville, Florida.

Following his return from a season-long suspension in 2022 due to violating the NFL’s gambling policy, Ridley had a notable performance in 2023, catching 76 passes for 1,016 yards and eight touchdowns for the Jaguars. 

Notably, the season opener against the Indianapolis Colts marked a 23-month hiatus between games for Ridley.

In January, Ridley expressed his desire to continue with the Jaguars in 2024 due to the relationships he had established and the appeal of maintaining continuity within the offensive system. 

However, he remained uncertain about the likelihood of this outcome, acknowledging that financial considerations would play a role.

Ridley, aged 29, received a suspension for the 2022 season following an investigation that revealed his involvement in betting on NFL games during a five-day period in November 2021 while he was no longer with the Atlanta Falcons. 

In a series of tweets subsequent to the suspension, Ridley admitted to placing bets totaling $1,500 but refuted claims of having a gambling problem.

Ridley’s Contract Status Costs Jaguars Draft Pick

Due to the Jaguars’ decision not to extend Ridley’s contract following the start of the new league year, they will be sending a third-round pick to the Falcons as part of the agreement made in the 2022 trade that brought Ridley to Jacksonville. 

If Ridley had been signed before the 2023 league year concluded, the Falcons would have been entitled to a second-round pick.

Ridley’s reinstatement occurred on March 6, 2023. Two days later, Ridley expressed in an article for The Players’ Tribune that his decision to gamble on NFL games was the “worst mistake” he had ever made.

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