June 24, 2024

Few will bat an eye if the Detroit Lions elect to re-sign veteran wide receiver Josh Reynolds. But the possibility to sign a potential upgrade such as pending free agent Calvin Ridley is also on the table.

 

CBS Sports’ Garrett Podell named the Lions one of three potential landing spots for Ridley on February 21.

 

“Calvin Ridley had an uncomplicated season on the field in 2023, his first year back after a gambling suspension that wiped away his 2022 campaign,” Podell wrote. “He led Jacksonville in receiving yards (1,016) and receiving touchdowns (eight), a solid return to NFL action.

The Detroit Lions fresh off a run to the NFC title game have the cap space to make Ridley a competitive offer as well as entice him with the ability to play for a legit contender.”

 

Spotrac projected Ridley to be worth about $68 million on a 4-year contract this offseason. That would pay him an average of $17 million per season.

The Lions possess $48 million in cap space.

 

As Podell noted, Ridley had a great bounce back season in 2023. However, a clause in the trade that sent Ridley from the Atlanta Falcons to the Jacksonville Jaguars could prevent the receiver from returning to Jacksonville.

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