- Michael Rothstein reports that Ridley receives a one-year contract from the Lions.
New York I hate that I couldn’t do more for you this past year, but the opportunity y’all gave me after my injury to do what I love the most.. I can never put a price on. The relationships I’ve gained with my brothers in New York, as well as developing a sense of true patience will take me much further beyond the game of football. Coach Bowles you truly are a leader of men. The Jets Organization is on the up and coming, and I wish you guys nothing but the best. John Mellody and the Jets training staff were an absolute blessing as well. A1 and arguably the best out there! To the Organization and city of NEW YORK I truly thank you for all the love. But now it’s on to Detroit for me! I can’t be happier for another shot to tote this pill and showcase the gifts I’ve been truly blessed with! Detroit, I’ve got a surprise for you this year, I promise. I’m ready to get to work with my new family, so April 18th can’t come soon enough! Lets eat fellas, and this year we want the whole plate!! #longliveKiDRiD #onlyGOD
The Lions brought in Ridley in for a visit earlier in the week, so he was clearly on their radar.
Ian Rapoport of NFL Media reported that Ridley should now be 100 percent healthy two years after a season-ending ACL injury.
Ridley, 27, is a former third-round pick of the Patriots back in 2011. He played out his rookie contract before signing a one-year, $1.25 million contract with the Jets back in April of last year.
In 2015, Ridley ran for 90 yards on 36 carries (2.5 YPC) to go along with four receptions for -minus two yards receiving and no touchdowns.