Shocking reason why Calvin Ridley rejected the Patriots before signing a four-year, $92m contract with the Tennessee Titans

Patriots owner Robert Kraft revealed that receiver Calvin Ridley declined an offer to play in New England because of his wife’s geographical preference.

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According to ESPN’s Mike Reiss, Kraft stated that Ridley’s companion Dominique Fitchard ‘wanted to stay in the south,’ which resulted in the receiver’s failure to arrive in Foxborough.

On March 13, Ridley signed a four-year, $92 million contract with $50 million fully guaranteed to join the Tennessee Titans following one season with the Jaguars.

‘He stated the team was willing to make up the tax difference between Massachusetts and Tennessee, while recognizing that the quarterback problem could have been a consideration,’ Reiss tweeted.

Shortly after Ridley left, the Jaguars traded for New England’s starting quarterback, Mac Jones, forcing the Patriots to find a reliable facilitator for the upcoming season.

The Patriots ended 4-13 and missed the playoffs for the second consecutive season. The squad also underwent significant transition with the departure of head coach Bill Belichick after four seasons.

In 17 games with Jacksonville, Ridley has 76 receptions for 1,016 yards and eight touchdowns.

Ridley helped the Jaguars finish 9-8 last season, ranking second in the AFC South. The club started 8-3 but finished on a 5-1 slide.

The Jaguars’ difficulties continued, as they, like New England, missed the playoffs for the second consecutive season. Prior to 2022, their last postseason appearance was in 2017, and before that, in 2007.

The Titans, on the other hand, ended 6-11 and were at the bottom of the AFC South standings. Tennessee also made their final postseason participation in 2021.

Despite losing the most of their games, Tennessee won their season finale, 28-20, versus Jacksonville, in which Ridley had six catches for 106 yards and a touchdown.

Ridley is likely to start alongside DeAndre Hopkins at wide receiver next season. Hopkins landed in Nashville last year for his 11th season in the NFL, where he recorded 75 receptions for 1,057 yards and seven touchdowns.

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