The New England Patriots didn’t win the Calvin Ridley sweepstakes, and they might not have even been the runner-up.

Ridley took his talents to Tennessee, where the Titans reportedly gave the star wide receiver a four-year, $92 million contract with $50 million guaranteed. Ridley admitted the “pretty good” money swayed him to Nashville, Tenn., as did the opportunity to play alongside five-time Pro Bowl selection DeAndre Hopkins.

But in a perfect world, the 2018 first-round pick would not have found a new team in free agency.

“I really wanted to — honestly — be with the Jags,” Ridley told reporters last Friday, per a video shared by ESPN’s Turron Davenport. “But there were a lot of things that it wasn’t working out for me.”

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Perhaps one of the factors that pushed Ridley out of Jacksonville was guaranteed money. That reportedly was the main “breakdown” for the Patriots, who apparently made a competitive offer for the best wide receiver available on the open market.

Ridley’s decision forced New England to start looking at other options to bolster its talent-deprived receiving corps. The Patriots seemingly were not in the mix for new Chicago Bear Keenan Allen, but they reportedly agreed to terms with a veteran wideout Sunday.

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