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Atlanta Falcons pick up fifth-year option on Calvin Ridley’s contract

Calvin Ridley of the Atlanta Falcons scores a TD versus Carolina Panthers in 2019 season
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Calvin Ridley joins Da’Ron Payne and Minkah Fitzpatrick in getting a fifth-year option picked up on his contract.

The former University of Alabama wide receiver has become a superstar with the Atlanta Falcons.

He was selected in the first round (No. 26 overall) of the 2018 NFL Draft and recorded his first 1,000-yard season in 2020. In 44 career games, Ridley has collected 217 receptions for 3,061 yards and 26 touchdowns. The 6-foot-1, 190-pounder was Matt Ryan’s favorite target last year, as Ridley led the Falcons in receptions (90), receiving yards (1,374), and scores (nine).

He turned in eight 100-yard performances and made second-team All-Pro. According to Michael Rothstein, who covers the Falcons for ESPN, the team announced Ridley’s fifth-year option being picked up. ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler followed up the news by stating Ridley will make $11.16 million in 2020.

Before turning pro, Ridley was an elite receiver for the Crimson Tide. A native of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., he arrived in the Crimson Tide’s 2015 signing class as a five-star. Ridley won Freshman All-American honors after having 89 catches for 1,045 yards and seven touchdowns in 2015. He helped Alabama secure a Southeastern Conference title and a national championship.

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Ridley assisted the Tide to another national title in 2017 and ended his tenure with 224 catches for 2,781 yards and 19 scores.

He is third all-time in school history for receptions, fourth for receiving yards, and fifth for touchdowns.

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Stephen M. Smith is the managing editor and senior writer for Touchdown Alabama Magazine.  You can “like” him on Facebook or “follow” him on Twitter, via @CoachingMSmith.

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