Breaking News: Patriots Have Made Aggressive Push For Multi Million Wide Receiver

Before signing a rich contract with the Tennessee Titans, star wide receiver Calvin Ridley received a hefty offer from the New England Patriots.

Social media reacts to Calvin Ridley's surprise choice to join Titans

ESPN’s Mike Reiss stated that the Patriots aggressively chased Ridley, hoping to enhance their receiving corps with a dynamic player. Many clubs, including the Patriots, were drawn to Ridley’s remarkable performance during his one season with the Jacksonville Jaguars, when he had 76 receptions for 1,018 yards and eight touchdowns. New England considered Ridley as a beneficial addition to their roster, looking to improve their receiving options among players like as JuJu Smith-Schuster, Kendrick Bourne, DeMario Douglas, Tyquan Thornton, and Jalen Reagor.

The Titans Were More Attractive For a Few Reasons

Albert Breer of Sports Illustrated disclosed shortly after Ridley’s agreement with Tennessee that the Patriots offered Calvin Ridley a contract worth around $22 million per year. The Jaguars came in somewhat lower, with an offer averaging just under $20 million annually. One important aspect to consider in these data is the state income tax, which Massachusetts imposes while Tennessee and Florida do not. This disparity can have a considerable impact on a player’s net earnings, making financial considerations an important factor in contract negotiations.
Despite the Patriots’ attempts, Ridley eventually chose to join the Titans, drawn by their offer of a $92 million contract and the chance to play alongside fellow top receiver DeAndre Hopkins. Ridley’s decision ended his four-year tenure with the Atlanta Falcons, who chose him in the first round of the 2018 NFL Draft. Ridley, known for his explosive playmaking skills, made an immediate impact in the NFL, tying the rookie record for receiving touchdowns in just four games. Ridley responded on X (previously Twitter) to PFF’s Marcus Mosher’s suggestion that the Titans overpaid for the wide receiver.

Ridley had his best season in 2020, when he achieved career highs in catches (90) and receiving yards (1,374) while earning second-team All-Pro honors. However, his career took a turn in the middle of the 2021 season when he announced his decision to retire from football due to mental health issues. Following his suspension for breaching the league’s gambling policy, Ridley was traded from the Falcons to the Jaguars

The Patriots Still Need Upgrades at WR

For the Patriots, losing Ridley was a setback in an offseason of transition and rebuilding. With the resignation of longstanding head coach Bill Belichick and changes at quarterback, including the release of Mac Jones, the team faces hurdles in reshaping its roster under first-year coach Jerod Mayo. As Ridley’s decision to join the Titans became known, he was added to a list of wide receivers who the Patriots were linked to but were unable to sign for various reasons.

Prior to his return to the Buccaneers, the Patriots were rumored to be a favorite destination for Tampa Bay Star WR Mike Evans. The Patriots also decided to pass on all-pro wide receiver Keenan Allen, as the 4th-round pick surrendered by the Bears to the Chargers for Allen appeared to be too much for the Patriots. Many are hoping the Patriots can make a play for Tee Higgins, the Cincinnati Bengals’ standout wide receiver who requested a trade after obtaining the franchise tag from the Bengals. According to overthecap.com, the Patriots currently rank 31st in the league in terms of offensive spending, with only the Tennessee Titans spending less than their $63.34 million cap.

Looking ahead, the 2024 NFL Draft provides an opportunity for the Patriots to add quality at wide receiver. With the third and 34th overall picks, they have the resources to chase top players. The free agent market and potential trade opportunities provide further options for the team to enhance its receiving corps. Tyler Boyd of the Bengals is still available, and Patriots fans are desperate for the team to make a splash at wide receiver.

 

 

 

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