Cancel any plans of the Philadelphia Eagles landing Calvin Ridley

Calvin Ridley #18, Atlanta Falcons (Photo by Todd Kirkland/Getty Images)
Calvin Ridley #18, Atlanta Falcons (Photo by Todd Kirkland/Getty Images) /

You can’t take your eyes off of these guys for a second, huh? The rumors have been hot and heavy surrounding potential game-changers being added to a Philadelphia Eagles roster that made a return trip to the playoffs following the 2021-2022 NFL season, and just as soon as we’ve seen some of those rumors pop up, we’ve seen them extinguished.

If you were on that bandwagon that wanted the Birds to trade for Atlanta Falcons wideout Calvin Ridley, we regret to inform you that he won’t be playing for the Eagles in 2022. As a matter of fact, he won’t be playing anywhere.

Calvin Ridley can be removed from the Philadelphia Eagles offseason wish list.

According to multiple sources, including NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport, Ridley has been suspended for the 2022 NFL season for gambling on games, including games played by the Atlanta Falcons. He won’t be able to apply for reinstatement until February 15th of 2023. Here’s a statement from the National Football League.

As stated, he has three days to appeal the decision, so this may not be the final verdict. Still, it is enough evidence that any theories involving Philly trading for Ridley need to be shelved for a while.

Ridley tweeted a response shortly after the news was reported. Here’s what he said.

We’ve discussed Russell Wilson and why he may or may not come to the City of Brotherly Love. There are still members of the contingent that believe Deshaun Watson should be considered as a possible upgrade at the quarterback position. From the standpoint of the Philadelphia Eagles need to add at least one more starting-level receiver, Ridley’s recent suspension means his name has been erased from an offseason wishlist that once also included Davante Adams, Chris Godwin, and Mike Williams.

It’s believed that Williams will be given the franchise tag by the L.A. Rams. Multiple sources believe Godwin and Adams will receive the franchise tag as well. Maybe drafting another wideout in Round 1 isn’t a bad idea after all, huh?

We’re kidding of course… kind of. The plot thickens though, and we haven’t even reached the start of the new league year yet.