Calvin Ridley suspension creates $11.1 million in cap space for Falcons in 2022

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It will be in the headlines for months — Calvin Ridley has been suspended indefinitely for at least the 2022 season for gambling on NFL games during his time away from the team.

As time passes, more information will become available on the investigation. One tidbit I thought was interesting was revealed by Lindsay Jones, who reported Ridley’s bets were placed on the Falcons to win and came between November 23-28, which means the wager occurred during Atlanta’s Week 12 matchup against the Jacksonville Jaguars.

Financially, there are silver linings for the Falcons. Since the suspension is a full year, Ridley’s current contract will toll, which means his $11.1 million salary that should’ve been on the books for 2022 will now push to 2023.

The $11.1 million cap space created puts the Falcons approximately $3.8 million under the league’s $208.2 million salary cap. The Falcons were going to have to adjust contracts to create cap space, and they’re surely still going to re-work some deals, but this creates breathing room before the start of the new league year next week.

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