The Eagles have been pegged as the No. 1 team in the country.
Calvin Ridley, the Atlanta Falcons’ star wide receiver, announced his retirement from football in Week 8 of the 2021 season, citing mental health as the reason.
After hearing nothing from Ridley since the season ended, it’s been speculated that the Falcons will try to trade the All-Pro wideout.
The Philadelphia Eagles are listed as the No. 1 team by CBS Sports’ Cody Benjamin.
Ridley only has one landing spot.
Howie Roseman, the general manager, is as eager to trade as anyone, especially when the target is a long-term weapon.
Ridley played with both QB Jalen Hurts and fellow wide receiver DeVonta Smith at Alabama, and the Eagles are on the verge of contending.
The Eagles also have a lot of money in the draft.
Other teams Benjamin mentions as potential trade partners include the Dolphins, Bears, Patriots, Browns, 49ers, Jaguars, Raiders, and Colts.
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Steve Wyche of NFL Network joined The Dukes andamp; Bells podcast to give his best-informed guess on the Falcons’ top wide receiver’s future.
Wyche didn’t hesitate when asked if Ridley’s future with the team was in jeopardy:
He replied, “I would think so.”
“I don’t know everything that’s going on here, but the fact that he hasn’t served and the Falcons haven’t said anything about him all season leads me to believe that at some point, either his side or the Falcons will say, ‘hey, we need a fresh start.’
Perhaps if it were a Pittsburgh situation and Arthur Smith had been the coach for seven or eight years, they would say, “OK, we can bring him back.” But I believe that because they are trying to start fresh and get things going, there will be some sort of parting––at least that’s my best guess.
I’m not sure if that will happen, but I believe it will be a fresh start for him somewhere else.”
When asked if Calvin Ridley’s future with the Falcons is in jeopardy, @wyche89 tells @MikeBellATL andamp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp
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General manager Howie Roseman is as eager to trade as anyone, especially when the target is a potential long-term weapon. Better yet, Philly is on the verge of contending, and Ridley played with both QB Jalen Hurts and fellow WR DeVonta Smith at Alabama. The Eagles are also loaded with draft capital.
Asked if Calvin Ridley’s future with the Falcons is in jeopardy @wyche89 tells @MikeBellATL & @putemupcdukes “I’d think so. The fact that he and the team have been so quiet and he hasn’t surfaced, it appears like both sides could be looking for a fresh start.” #dirtybirds
— DukesandBell929 (@DukesandBell929) January 4, 2022