Jaguars unsure when NFL will reinstate Calvin Ridley but expect it to happen

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The Jaguars are uncertain when the NFL will reinstate Calvin Ridley, allowing him officially to join the team, but they remain confident the receiver will play this season.

“We really don’t [know], no. We really don’t,” Jaguars coach Doug Pederson said, via Demetrius Harvey of the Florida Times-Union. “It’s in the league’s hands, but we’re just waiting for that day.”

The Jaguars traded a 2023 fifth-round selection along with a conditional fourth-rounder in 2024 that could become as high as a second-rounder to the Falcons for Ridley.

Ridley, 28, received an indefinite suspension from the league for betting on NFL games in 2021. He officially applied for reinstatement Feb. 15.

“That’s in the league’s hands now,” Jaguars General Manager Trent Baalke said. “We’re just waiting for the league to issue a statement or make a decision. So there’s nothing imminent that I know of. I have not spoken to the league office in regard to it. So, that’s where it’s at, at this point.”

The team already has made room under the salary cap for Ridley’s $11.116 million salary for 2023.

Ridley, who made 248 receptions for 3,342 yards and 28 touchdowns with the Falcons, will join a receivers room that includes Christian Kirk and Zay Jones.

“We’re looking forward to that day,” Pederson said. “I can only go off of what I’ve seen on film. He’s excitable. He’s a top receiver in this league when he’s on his game. I’m excited when that day comes that we can embrace him onto our team, and he gives us just another weapon, potentially, for Trevor [Lawrence].”

2 responses to “Jaguars unsure when NFL will reinstate Calvin Ridley but expect it to happen

  1. Got to love the ethical judgements of the NFL.
    Betting on a game when you’re no longer with your team merits a year long suspension, but assaulting someone is no biggie.
    Still amazed that Alvin Kamara played last season while Ridley didn’t.

  2. I suggest everyone read the NFL gambling policy The rules are mostly the same as they were 60 years ago except for the 250 dollar limit for fantasy football. Its weird how a site run by a son of a bookie does not have the same common understanding on this that it does about player agents.

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