3 teams Jaguars must outbid for Calvin Ridley as free agency heats up

It sounds like Ridley's market is alive and well so far.

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As expected, NFL free agency wasted no time heating up.

Teams aren't even technically allowed to sign players until Wednesday afternoon, but because of the NFL's "legal tampering" window that runs from Monday to Wednesday, most of the big-name deals – which have quietly been in the works for a while – are already being reported. The Jaguars are expected to be in the mix for a handful of players, and they already tipped a bit of their hand by signing former Buffalo Bills receiver Gabe Davis to a three-year deal. The biq question still remains, though: what is going to happen with Calvin Ridley.

The vet is probably the best available receiver on the open market, considering that Tee Higgins would come to any new team via a trade. The Jaguars are reportedly still interested in bringing Ridley back on a longterm deal, but given the Davis signing, it's worth wondering if a reunion in Jacksonville is out of the picture. Even if they do agree to terms, it'll come at a significant cost – Ridley has a strong market, according to reports, and these are the three teams that the Jaguars are probably going to have to outbid.

Tennessee Titans

The Titans are looking to reshape the roster now that former Bengals offensive coordinator Brian Callahan is running the show, and bringing in the top receiver on the market would certainly go a long way. It's obviously not the same thing, but a Will Levis-Ridley connection would look a lot like what the Bengals did with Joe Burrow and Ja'Marr Chase, at least on paper.

According to Over The Cap, only two teams (including one on this list) have more cap space to work with than the Titans, which means there's probably a big move coming in Nashville at some point. Staying in division is always a juicy twist to free agency, and the Titans are poised to make things juicy in the AFC South next year.