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Falcons to receive third-round pick following Calvin Ridley's deal with Tennessee Titans

FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. — The Tennessee Titans have reportedly signed Calvin Ridley to a four-year, $92 million contract, with $50 million fully guaranteed. The signing was first reported by NFL Network's Ian Rapoport.

Although Ridley had not played for the Falcons organization in over a year, the trade deal that ultimately sent Ridley to Jacksonville for the 2023 season included draft compensation that would affect the Falcons' future draft picks .

Bottom line: The Falcons traded Ridley to the Jaguars at the trade deadline in November 2022. At the time, Ridley was suspended for violating the league's gaming policy. The deal ensured that the Falcons would receive two future draft picks from the Jaguars in exchange for Ridley. The actual compensation, however, will depend on Ridley's future in the league.

When Ridley was reinstated in March 2023 following his suspension, the Falcons received a 2023 fifth-round pick. That was the first domino to fall. The second would take time, and the end of the season. The second pick in the trade was a conditional 2023 fourth-round pick with upside options. The first step was Ridley's production in 2023. If Ridley played in 60% of the Jaguars' offensive snaps and/or recorded 75 receptions or 1,000 receiving yards in 2023, the fourth-round pick would turn into a third-round pick .

Ridley ended up finishing the season having played in 17 games, all starts, for the Jaguars. He has 1,016 receiving yards on 76 catches in 2023, scoring eight touchdowns.

The final part of the trade deal stated that if the Jaguars signed Ridley to a long-term deal before the start of the 2024 league year, the 2023 third-round pick would turn into a second-round pick. Although it was reported that the Jaguars wanted to keep Ridley in Jacksonville, he ultimately landed with the Titans on a four-year deal.

So, in the end, the trade was completed with the Jaguars sending the Falcons the No. 79 overall pick in the 2024 NFL Draft.

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