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Bucs cap space: $22,459,560

Potential trade terms: Calvin Ridley to Bucs; 2022 second- and third-round picks to Falcons

In late October, wideout Calvin Ridley tweeted a statement saying that he was stepping away from football to focus on his "mental wellbeing." Ridley did not play another game for the Atlanta Falcons for the rest of the regular season, and though he's under contract through the 2022 season, he may have played his last. 

NFL Network's Mike Garafolo reported on Jan. 15 that although the Falcons are still "holding out hope" they will have Ridley for the upcoming season, there hasn't been a lot of communication between the team and Ridley's camp. Garafolo predicted that with both sides potentially looking for a fresh start, Ridley would be suiting up for a new team in 2022. 

So which team could be the top contender for Ridley's services?

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are desperate for bodies in their receivers room, with Antonio Brown's very public exit and Chris Godwin hitting free agency. If the Buccaneers allow Godwin to walk away, bringing in a player of Ridley's stature, combined with Tom Brady, would be an absolute feat. 

Brady, like Rodgers, can elevate even average receivers to elite status. But he needs some help, too. When he didn't have Godwin or Mike Evans available against the Carolina Panthers in Week 16, he went 18-of-30 for 232 yards and one touchdown.

Would the Falcons even entertain this trade offer from a division rival? Atlanta is self-aware enough to understand Tampa Bay is probably the favorite to win the division every year Brady lines up under center. But with some draft capital, the Falcons could push for a wild-card spot in 2022. They might ask the Bucs to sweeten the pot, however, given how low Tampa Bay's picks in this year's draft will fall. 

While teams won't be able to look to Ridley's 2021 season as evidence of his productivity, in 2020, he has the best season of his career, with 90 receptions for 1,374 yards and nine touchdowns. Assuming he's healthy and ready to return in 2022, he can give Brady the firepower he needs to keep dominating the league. 

Source : https://bleacherreport.com/articles/2952564-nfl-trade-ideas-to-create-elite-qb-wr-duos-in-2022

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