For the Eagles to improve their offense, the biggest priority is finding a capable WR2 to slot next to DeVonta Smith. It appears they’re well aware of that goal, and are pushing are for another weapon… even if their endeavors haven’t been fruitful.
According to insider Jay Glazer, the Eagles almost had a deal done for Atlanta Pro Bowl receiver Calvin Ridley last month, but the Falcons backed out of the trade without explaining to Philadelphia why. Ridley would eventually be handed a one-year suspension for betting on games.
Yup, Eagles almost had deal done for Calvin Ridley last month… Falcons backed out but weren’t able to tell Eagles why. They actually handled it great and after a lot of confusion Philly respected them for how they handled a very different situation. Eagles swung away @NFLonFOX
— Jay Glazer (@JayGlazer) March 10, 2022
Because of Atlanta’s backing out, the Eagles were left “confused and frustrated.” Atlanta wasn’t allowed to discuss the NFL’s investigation into Ridley, which is why the talks the Eagles and any other possible suitors were left in the dark on the matter. Glazer added the team respected the Falcons for their honorable actions.
It’s A Tough Break For Eagles, But It Shows They’re On The Right Track
Depending on who you ask, some might be upset with this development, while others would consider the Eagles to have gotten a lucky break. It would have been fun to see Ridley with his former college teammate, Jalen Hurts. Plus, no one can deny the talent of the wide receiver. In his last full season, the Alabama product put up 1,374 yards and nine touchdowns in 15 games.
Still, there were red flags. In addition to the gambling, Ridley also sat out the majority of the season due to mental health issues. Obviously, those are serious and Ridley isn’t at fault, but the Eagles would have been taking on sizable risk by not knowing if those problems would arise again.
Another unknown is what kind of compensation would have been going to Atlanta. With three first-round picks, the Birds aren’t lacking for ammunition. But given Ridley’s status, a second or third-round pick might’ve been in play.
Regardless, it’s clear Philadelphia will continue to hunt for another receiver any way necessary, which is very good. The team can’t afford to go into another season with Jalen Reagor and, to a lesser extent, Quez Watkins as key players. Perhaps they should look to Seattle, where both D.K. Metcalf and Tyler Lockett could be available if the Seahawks continue their fire sale.