The Cleveland Browns need a true No. 1 wide receiver and Atlanta Falcons standout Calvin Ridley is a solution the team is being urged to explore.

The question of the Browns interest in Ridley was posed to long-time Browns insider Mary Kay Cabot of in her Q&A column. She was a fan of the Browns exploring the deal and seeing what it would take to put him in orange and brown. Here’s what Cabot had to say about a possible deal:

The Browns have been a safe landing spot for several players who need some understanding and a good support system, including Ridley’s former Falcons teammate Takk McKinley and defensive tackle Malik McDowell. If they do their due diligence and determine that Ridley is truly ready for a return to the game, it would be worth exploring.


The Browns let go Odell Beckham Jr. during last season due to some internal issues and have a decision to make on Jarvis Landry, who is coming off his worst season as a pro and is due nearly $16 million next season. The team does have young receivers with upside — like Donovan Peoples-Jones and Anthony Schwartz — but need a proven veteran to lead them.