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Former Alabama WR to become an NFL free agent in the offseason

Calvin Ridley smiles while leaving the Jacksonville Jaguars preseason game
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A former Alabama football wide receiver will be on the free agent market of the National Football League this offseason.

Calvin Ridley, a South Florida native, was reinstated to the NFL on March 6, 2023, after serving a one-year suspension for violating the league’s gambling policy. He was traded from the Atlanta Falcons to the Jacksonville Jaguars, and he produced in the 2023 season in his return home. Ridley, 29, played and started a career-high 17 games — catching 76 passes for 1,016 yards and eight touchdowns. A former first-round pick of the 2018 NFL Draft, Ridley enters this offseason as a free agent.

If he chooses to sign a long-term extension, the Jaguars would have to come off a second-round pick or a third-rounder in the upcoming draft. Ridley has shown that despite a year off, he remains one of the best route runners in the league.

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He has a connection with quarterback Trevor Lawrence he wants to develop more. We will see how Jacksonville plays it, but the former two-time College Football Playoff National Champion (2015, 2017) feels he has a home with the Jaguars.

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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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Stephen Smith is a 2015 graduate of the University of Alabama. He is a senior writer and reporter for Touchdown Alabama Magazine. He has covered Alabama football for 10+ years and his knowledge and coverage of the Crimson Tide's program have made him among the most respected journalist in his field. Smith has been featured on ESPN and several other marquee outlets as an analyst.

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