3 potential landing spots for Jaguars WR Calvin Ridley if he becomes a free agent

• Several teams will be interested in Jaguars WR Calvin Ridley if he hits the open market in 2023

Jan 7, 2024; Nashville, Tennessee, USA;  Jacksonville Jaguars wide receiver Calvin Ridley (0) reacts
Jan 7, 2024; Nashville, Tennessee, USA; Jacksonville Jaguars wide receiver Calvin Ridley (0) reacts / Steve Roberts-USA TODAY Sports
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2. Chicago Bears

The Chicago Bears could've moved on from head coach Matt Eberflus when the 2023 season started but opted not to. Having won a combined 10 games the past two years, Eberflus' seat has been warming considerably. To steer the ship in the right direction, he'll look for every potential edge he can get. Among the moves he made to ensure he's safe, he fired offensive coordinator Luke Getsy and replaced him with Shane Waldron.

All things considered, Waldron is a huge upgrade. He was one of the big reasons 2013 second-round pick Geno Smith enjoyed a career resurgence with the Seattle Seahawks and has made the Pro Bowl in back-to-back seasons. He also played a pivotal role in Jared Goff's development during his stint with the Los Angeles Rams. Now, Waldron will be tasked with either getting the most out of Justin Fields or making sure Caleb Williams (tentatively) will be ready for the NFL.

Regardless of who starts behind center for the Bears, they'll need to add more weapons to their arsenal. Chicago traded for DJ Moore last year but wide receiver Darnell Mooney is slated to hit the open market.

Mooney usually lines up in the slot, so even if the Bears re-sign him, they'll need another receiver who can line up in the boundaries to round out their starting trio. Given that the Bears will have a massive $66.9 million in space, they would have no trouble outbidding other clubs if they wanted to go after Ridley in free agency.