If Garafolo is right, where could Ridley end up in 2022? Here are three potential destinations for the talented receiver…
The Jags struggled at receiver last year, employing veteran NFL mates like Laquon Treadwell and Tavon Austin for rookie quarterback Trevor Lawrence.
The Jags are lacking direction at the moment, trying to seek their third head coach in three years, but once they have a new leader in place, it might be a good idea to equip Lawrence with a real receiver. #1.
Instead of rolling the dice on another potential receiver in the draft, the Jags could bet on a proven product at Ridley and hope to sign him to an extension deal with the large amount of cap space the team has.
The team has 12 draft picks this season, including an additional third-round pick as part of the deal that sent former first-round pick CJ Henderson to the Carolina Panthers. That pick could be enough to prompt the Falcons to pull the trigger on a deal.
New York Jets
It’s a similar idea to the Jaguars, as this trade would give rookie quarterback Zach Wilson a real top receiver.
While Wilson has better options with his wide outings in Corey Davis and Elijah Moore, adding Ridley would give the team more momentum on offense.
The Jets have the ability to hit a home run in the draft, holding four of the 38 first picks. If the Jets offer the Falcons a first-round second-round pick, they’ll have to seriously consider making the move.
That gives the Jets a low-risk, high-reward situation with Ridley while allowing the Falcons to make a return on their former first-round receiver by earning a high pick to continue.
Although the Falcons seem less likely to trade Ridley within their own conference, the Eagles could be the more aggressive team in a potential draw.
The Eagles reached the playoffs without a 1,000-yard receiver. The offense relies on Hurts’ abilities as a mobile quarterback, but the addition of a true No. 1 receiver could turn the offense into an elite offense.
Like the Jaguars and Jets, the Eagles hold an excess of draft picks, picking three times in the first round.
The Eagles might be willing to offer their own first-round pick in exchange for the No. 43 overall pick of Ridley and the Falcons, or a simple trade of the Eagles’ second-round pick and the Titans’ pick, which the Falcons have acquired in the Julio Jones traded last offseason.