Ranking Eagles best trade options at wide receiver during NFL offseason

Calvin Ridley, Atlanta Falcons (Mandatory Credit: Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports)
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2. player. 44. . . . Calvin Ridley, Falcons

Here’s a rumor that Eagles enthusiasts keep hearing (and discussing).

You didn’t think Calvin Ridley would be left off of the list, did you? We’ve been talking about this one for a while, and even though we shifted our attention to other matters that were more pressing and watched the rumors of an Alabama reunion die down if you think this one won’t pick up steam again very early in the offseason, you’re fooling yourselves.

All it takes is for someone to type up a tweet and we’d be diving head-first into the rumor mill again.

It appears that the Atlanta Falcons and former Crimson Tide star Calvin Ridley are content in going their separate ways. Ridley, like everyone else on this list, is signed through the 2022 season, making him an unrestricted free agent in 2023. That means that the Falcons can handle this in one of two ways.

One, they can work things out with the 26th-overall selection of the 2018 NFL Draft, and both sides can endure 17 more games together. That would mean that Ridley leaves in 2023 and Atlanta gets nothing.

The second option is simple. They can see what they can get for a man that was a Second-Team All-Pro in 2020 and a member of the Pro Football Writers of America’s All-Rookie Team two years prior. That makes more sense for a team in desperate need of upgrading most of their roster.

Ridley isn’t the perfect choice. He might be a better ‘Robin’ than ‘Batman’, but at only 27 years of age, he has more tread on the tire than Marvin Jones, Jarvis Landry, and Brandin Cooks, three guys who are also expected to hit the free-agent market in 2023.