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Former Alabama player gets highest guaranteed money as a free agent at his position

Calvin Ridley smiles while leaving the Jacksonville Jaguars preseason game
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He has to produce big time in the National Football League, especially after the free agent contract he signed.

Calvin Ridley, a University of Alabama alumnus, inked a four-year, $92 million deal with the Tennessee Titans.

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He was traded from the Atlanta Falcons to the Jacksonville Jaguars on Nov. 1, 2022, when he was serving a one-year suspension for violating the NFL’s gambling policy. Ridley played five games for the Falcons in 2021, but he stepped away for mental health reasons. He showed prowess as one of the best route runners in the league during his first year back in 2023. 

Ridley totaled 76 catches for 1,016 yards and eight touchdowns in a career-high 17 games for the Jaguars.

He would have loved to stay in Jacksonville, but Tennessee had the money he could not turn down. Ridley is excited to play with Will Levis as his quarterback; however, he is the top free agent at his position to grab the most guaranteed money.

According to Michael Ginnitti, the co-founder of Spotrac, Ridley pockets $50 million guaranteed.

The 29-year-old says he feels 25 and can run with anyone. Tennessee lost Derrick Henry in free agency, but it picked up his former Crimson Tide teammate. Ridley feels like he has something to prove, and he wants to show it off.

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

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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