Tennessee Titans Sign Wide Receiver Calvin Ridley

The Tennessee Titans have snatched a key pass catcher away from a division rival. According to ESPN's Adam Schefter, the Titans are wrapping up a massive four-year, $92 million contract to add wide receiver Calvin Ridley to their team.

Ridley snagged 76 receptions for 1016 yards and eight touchdowns last year with the Jacksonville Jaguars, his first season back from a year-long gambling suspension. Before all that, he was one of the league's most promising young wide receivers: He averaged an impressive 68.2 receiving yards per game over his first 49 appearances after being drafted 26th overall in the 2018 NFL Draft. 

Ridley's new deal easily places him among the top 10 highest-paid wide receivers in the league, which is a pretty steep price to pay for a player of his calibre who will turn 30 years old next season. Still, he should provide a solid option to a Titans offense trying to rally around 2023 second-round pick quarterback Will Levis. The Titans ranked 27th in the league in points scored last season with DeAndre Hopkins as their top receiver; if they can't improve on that with Ridley on their roster, they can probably surmise that Levis isn't a franchise quarterback.

As for the Jaguars, losing Ridley is a significant step back for an offense that has yet to flirt with greatness since landing uber-prospect Trevor Lawrence with the first overall pick in 2021. The Jaguars were a middle-of-the-pack team last year, narrowly missing the playoffs while finishing with a 9-8 record, and that was with Ridley leading them in receiving yards and receiving touchdowns. Without him, the Jaguars offense risks regressing from their already modest output of 22.2 points per game last year (13th in the league). They may have no choice but to try and add some significant talent via trade or the draft.

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