Could Falcons get a first-round pick for Calvin Ridley?


Calvin Ridley's future with the Atlanta Falcons seems to be uncertain after he stepped away from the team for mental health reasons. Communication between Ridley and the Falcons has been minimal.

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So if the Falcons are able to move Ridley, what is a realistic price for him?

"If you can get another No. 1 pick for this team right now, it's gigantic," exclaims John Fricke. "We don't know what's going on, but for Arthur Smith and Terry Fontenot, the idea that you'd have two No. 1's and a high No. 2, you could fix that defense."

ESPN's Jeremy Fowler penned an article recently and in speaking with an unnamed NFL Executive, feels that not only will Ridley will be traded to a contender, but also felt a conditional second-round pick (that could turn into a first-rounder) seems like a realistic price.

Despite missing 12 games in the 2021 season, Calvin Ridley is due a fifth-year option of $11.16 million before being eligible as a free agent. Would a team be willing to part with a high pick for a guy they aren't sure would be more than a one-year rental?

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The first thing the Falcons need to do is find out if Ridley will be playing in 2022 and then can decide if they want to move forward with him or try and move him from there.