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Thoughts on Calvin Ridley in free agency?

Blue Dog : 11/29/2023 11:03 am
WR I think will be tough because it is a great draft for one, but they can't afford to just sit around with just Hyatt and Robinson. Would people have any reservations on signing Calvin Ridley on the cheap as a pre-draft placeholder?

He was once an up and coming player in the league but his boneheaded sports betting (including on his own Falcons) got him suspended for a whole season. He's having a fine season with the Jags with Christian Kirk and Engram but not sure if they would re-sign him or not. Because of his suspension and coming into the league at 24 he'll be 30 next year but he's on his 5th year option now and never been a free agent.

Brian Daboll's one year as Bama OC was his draft year, so I'd imagine they have a decent relationship. He was also a big target for Hurts when he was at Alabama, so I'd hate to see him get recruited to the Eagles for a discount.
I don't think Ridley will come cheap  
AJ23 : 11/29/2023 11:19 am : link
His market value, according to Spotrac is $14.6M.

It will probably go Michael Pittman, Mike Evans, Tee Higgins, then Ridley in terms of priority for WRs - and chances are at least one of those guys resigns with their current team.
Let’s see where the Giants prioritize  
Simms11 : 11/29/2023 11:40 am : link
their dollars this off-season. I’m not so sure it’ll be at WR. They’ve got a decent lot of WRs right now, perhaps no true #1, but decent enough WRs to get the job done, especially if Hyatt takes the next step. Ridley will be getting top dollar from someone and I’m not so sure we can’t get another WR like him in this draft.
Giants have been burned with FA WR’s  
jc in c-ville : 11/29/2023 11:43 am : link
With one signing that challenges the worst FA signing ever, by any team. Ridley wants premium $ , has disappeared often this year and would rather use $$ towards continuing to help solidify this OL / LB
larryinnewhaven : 11/29/2023 11:47 am : link
success has been directly related to if Zay Jones is playing, His stats without Zay in lineup are night and day. Not sure hes an alpha one. I prefer Pittman. tee is intriguing but often dinged up.
No thanks  
UConn4523 : 11/29/2023 11:50 am : link
keep drafting WR and only spend big on WR for a truly great WR in their prime (which you’d have to trade for anyway). Spend the FA money on OL and DL.
I have Calvin Ridley in fantasy this paying attention to  
GiantBlue : 11/29/2023 11:51 am : link
him and his production. He is on and off. He has big weeks and then disappears for weeks. It is hard to tell if Lawrence just fell in love with Kirk or if there was a lack of chemistry with Ridley.

However, the past couple of weeks Ridley has produced.

A change of scenery might be good for him, but I can see him flourishing in KC with Mahomes.
TerpsFan27 : 11/29/2023 11:51 am : link
He probably will want too much money. And he's already 28.
larryinnewhaven : 11/29/2023 11:56 am : link
success has been directly related to if Zay Jones is playing, His stats without Zay in lineup are night and day. Not sure hes an alpha one. I prefer Pittman. tee is intriguing but often dinged up.
RE: I don't think Ridley will come cheap  
BigTymer : 11/29/2023 12:25 pm : link
In comment 16307247 AJ23 said:
His market value, according to Spotrac is $14.6M.

Yeah, neither he nor Tee Higgins will come "cheap" and recent drafts have clearly shown young WRs hit the ground running right out of the draft. With a team still rebuilding, makes way more sense to use draft capital secure a #1 WR (especially in a much better draft than LY for WR) and then supplement other positions (like the lines) via FA.
Draft one  
JonC : 11/29/2023 12:26 pm : link
Ridley's a knucklehead.
RE: Draft one  
Fat Wally : 11/29/2023 12:32 pm : link
In comment 16307378 JonC said:
Ridley's a knucklehead.

this.. i would rather draft one.. or take a swing at Tee Higgins.. he will probably be cheaper due to his down year.
Draft WR  
Dankbeerman : 11/29/2023 1:04 pm : link
if your going to spend, spend on established OL/DL.

Plus you will overpay to bring a WR to a team with no QB. Remember?
Give me oline in FA… but also the draft  
rasbutant : 11/29/2023 1:07 pm : link
I want a mix of old and young.

I feel like people in general think you can’t pay a backup 6mil a year to sit on the bench. To me I know that there is very high likelihood that an oline member is going to get injured. I don’t want my season going down the toilet because I don’t have starting caliber depth on the roster.

Someone like Tyron Smith who signed with Dallas for 1yr/6mil. I’d give him 6mil to sit on the bench, then come in at either tackle spot when injuries happen. That’s money well spent…convincing him to sign here might be tough though I admit. And yes he’s and injury risk himself, so I’m not stopping there, have depth behind him, for example an upside drafted player.

Give me guards with center flex, plus draft for value throughout the draft 1-7 rounds. Bring in top udfa for camp. Load the “room” up. They don’t have to all be 15-20mil guys, give me depth and upside.
More than anything though, whatever you do make sure its for the right guys. Point is don’t reach for Nate Solder and don’t put all your eggs in the Pio basket either. Load the room from all angles and methods, but find the value and the guys you want not the guys you need. Draft FA UDFA Cuts load the room up!

Then if theres anything left in the bank, I’ll start looking at other positions once I’m satisfied the oline is setup.
if we are going WR in free agency then I want  
Amtoft : 11/29/2023 1:15 pm : link
Mike Evans... lets just get a true #1 instead of hoping.
Wouldn't Ridley's suspension  
BobR in Durham : 11/29/2023 1:17 pm : link
for gambling (including on his own team) be one of those red flags we often hear about on BBI regarding draft picks and FAs?
Seriously, I hope he's conquered is gambling addiction, but I wouldn't bet on it (no pun intended). Let some other team gamble on him (pun intended). If he stays on the straight and narrow, good for him and them. C'est la vie. I don't want the Giants to roll the dice on him (another intended pun).
Receiver is generally  
Breeze_94 : 11/29/2023 2:25 pm : link
A poor position to spend big on FA.

Over last decade, Most of the great acquisitions come via trade (Hill, Diggs, Hopkins, Brown, Adams) or draft.

Good #1 receivers don’t hit FA. Similar to QB, pass rusher and LT.
pjcas18 : 11/29/2023 2:28 pm : link
a gamble.
He’s going to be 29 soon  
JoeyBigBlue : 11/29/2023 2:44 pm : link
Unless it’s a 1 year contract, I want nothing to do with him.
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