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Falcons trade former Alabama WR Calvin Ridley to Jaguars

Calvin Ridley with a reception in 2020 for Falcons versus Chargers
Gary A. Vasquez - USA Today Sports

Calvin Ridley becomes the second former Alabama wide receiver to leave the Atlanta Falcons.

As a former first-round pick of the 2018 NFL Draft, Ridley will return to South Florida. According to several NFL insiders, the Jacksonville Jaguars traded for the elite playmaker. The deal was done on Tuesday between the Falcons and Jaguars.

Atlanta will receive a fifth-round pick in 2023 and a second-round pick in 2024. Ridley is serving a suspension this season for betting on games in 2021, including games involving the Falcons. The 6-foot-1, 190-pounder totaled 800+ receiving yards during his first two years before exploding for 1,374 yards in 2020. He played in just five games last season, totaling 31 catches for 281 yards and two touchdowns. Ridley came to the University of Alabama in 2015 as a five-star receiver. He recorded 1,045 yards and seven touchdowns on 89 receptions as a freshman, assisting the Crimson Tide to a College Football Playoff National Championship.

He won two Southeastern Conference titles (2015-16) and two national championships (2015, 2017).

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