Falcons Daily: What Arthur Smith said about Calvin Ridley trade to Jacksonville Jaguars

FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. — The Falcons made significant headlines on Tuesday when the trade deadline came and went with one of the biggest moves of the day from Atlanta. The Falcons announced the trade of Calvin Ridley to Jacksonville on Tuesday afternoon.

Arthur Smith said Wednesday morning that discussions regarding a Ridley trade had been going on for “a long time,” which likely backs up that statement after seeing the caveats detailed in the deal itself.

The details of the deal are convoluted as Ridley’s future potential production is unclear as he awaits reinstatement by the league after serving a minimum one-year suspension for violating the NFL’s gambling policy. The earliest Ridley can be reinstated by the league is February 15, 2023. Because of this, the Falcons and Jaguars agreed to a deal that involves a number of requirements when it comes to the compensation the Falcons could receive for Ridley.

According to multiple reports, the Falcons traded Ridley for a conditional fifth-round pick in 2023 and a conditional second-round pick in 2024. The terms are as follows:

1) If Ridley is not reinstated by a specified date, the Falcons received a 2023 sixth-round pick instead of a 2023 fifth-round pick.

2) If Ridley is reinstated by a certain date and makes the team, the Falcons get a fourth-round pick in 2024.

3) If Ridley makes the team and hits a specified incentive, the Falcons receive a third-round pick in 2024.

4) If Ridley signs a contract extension with the Jaguars, the Falcons will receive a second round pick in 2024.

Before his suspension, Ridley had a base salary of $11.1 million. That number was taken off the Falcons’ books when Ridley was suspended. It would have reverted to the Falcons player salary after he was reinstated into the league. According to OverTheCap.com, that base salary will now be Jacksonville’s responsibility once Ridley is reinstated.

Here are the odds of 2024 4th rounds going from the Jags to the Falcons, per source.

That remains as a 4 if Calvin Ridley is on the roster.

It goes to a 3 if Ridley reaches certain incentives.

And it will be a 2 if the Jaguars sign Ridley to a contract extension. https://t.co/e6yoxa05fh

The Falcons made other moves at the deadline on Tuesday, trading safety Dean Marlowe to Buffalo for a 2023 seventh-round pick and acquiring cornerback Rashad Fenton from Kansas City for a conditional 2023 seventh-round pick. Smith said those deals happened “as people call around” ahead of the trade deadline.

“They’re more opportunities right there at the deadline,” Smith said.

Ridley, on the other hand, was a much longer discussion, as talks with Jacksonville were “ongoing,” according to Smith.

“There was nothing short-term that happened at the trade deadline,” Smith said of the Ridley trade. “This was a long process. I’ll leave it at that.”

Smith would not comment on the logistics of the deal itself other than to say it was what the organization believed was “the right thing” to do “of the team and the players” involved.

“It’s about the people here. It’s a tough business, but we care about people, whether it’s Dean Marlowe, or any player, Matt Ryan, that’s the way it goes,” Smith said. “It is in the team’s interest, and in relation to the players as well.”

For what it’s worth, because of the trades that were made, the Falcons sent players to potentially desirable spots from a personal standpoint. Marlowe is a native of New York City, having attended high school in Queens. He returns to his home state, after being traded to Buffalo.

Ridley also returns to his home state. Before being drafted by the Falcons and attending the University of Alabama, Ridley was originally from Fort Lauderdale, Florida and attended Monarch High School.

If the Falcons end up getting a Day 2 pick in 2024 for Ridley, and the wide receiver finds success in his home state? The trade can be a win-win for all parties involved.

That will remain to be seen, however, as Ridley awaits the opportunity to request reinstatement.

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