Commanders could sign Calvin Ridley
Although Dan Quinn's specialty centers on the defensive side of the football, there needs to be a huge focus on improving the offense. Eric Bieniemy's arrival didn't come with any surge in production. Quarterback Sam Howell regressed behind woeful protection. The skill position options also flattered to deceive outside of Terry McLaurin and Brian Robinson Jr.
It seems for all the smart money as if the Washington Commanders will utilize the No. 2 overall selection in the 2024 NFL Draft on a promising signal-caller from the college ranks. Hiring the right offensive coordinator is of critical importance in this scenario. It also makes the need for reinforcements around the rookie quarterback all the more essential.
The Commanders are rich in draft assets and this is a deep wide receiver class. They also have the league's most salary-cap space available currently. Something that could lead them to a dynamic playmaker from the free-agent pool capable of assisting immediately.
Quinn knows Calvin Ridley well. He was Atlanta Falcons head coach when they drafted him out of Alabama. He was around to develop his skills alongside Kyle Shanahan en route to making an instant impact. Although things turned sour for both with the NFC South outfit, a reunion in Washington comes with significant intrigue attached.
Ridley was perhaps underused in 2023 after being traded to the Jacksonville Jaguars. It's also worth remembering he was coming off a year-long suspension for violating the NFL's gambling policy. He should be a lot better next season, but where he'll be suiting up is the big question.
The Jaguars should attempt to keep him around in the hope his chemistry with quarterback Trevor Lawrence comes along. But if Ridley hits the open market, the Commanders might be a potential landing spot with Quinn at the helm.