Halfback Stevan Ridley has agreed to terms with the Jets. (NFL Game Rewind)
Stevan Ridley’s journey through free agency has come to an end without a return to New England.
The 26-year-old running back has agreed to one-year deal with the New York Jets, NFL Media’s Ian Rapoport reported Wednesday evening.
“Sending love to all my day one fans, and every teammate I’ve had the pleasure to take the field with,” the former Patriot posted on his Instagram account. “We all know it’s a business, yet it’s also a blessing. So either way you see it, you’ll never understand. Love New England, love my former teammates, and I’m truly thankful for the opportunity the Patriots organization has blessed me with.”
Ridley spent his first four NFL seasons in Foxborough, where he amassed 2,817 career rushing yards and 22 touchdowns.
Running back Stevan Ridley visited the Redskins on Tuesday. (NFL Game Rewind).
First it was the Miami Dolphins. Then it was the New York Jets. And now, it is the Washington Redskins.
Free-agent running back Stevan Ridley visited the Redskins on Tuesday, according to Mike Reiss of ESPN Boston.
Stevan Ridley is one of three Patriots free agents still unsigned. (NFL Game Rewind)
Stevan Ridley’s free-agent road trip has started in the AFC East.
After visiting the Miami Dolphins earlier this week, the former New England Patriots running back is meeting with the New York Jets on Wednesday, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter.
Stevan Ridley’s 2014 campaign with the Patriots ended in October. (NFL Game Rewind)
Stevan Ridley is making his first visit of free agency on Tuesday.
The running back is in Miami meeting with the Dolphins, Armando Salguero of the Miami Herald reported, after spending his initial four NFL seasons on the other side of the AFC East.
Free-agent halfback Stevan Ridley is set to begin visiting teams. (NFL Game Rewind)
Stevan Ridley’s free-agent process has been different than most.
The unrestricted running back saw the final year of his rookie deal end with ACL and MCL tears in October, and had surgery in November. And since then, he has spent his offseason rehabbing to be ready next September.
Just where the 26-year-old Ridley will be playing by then remains to be seen. But, according to Mike Reiss of ESPN Boston, the former 1,200-yard New England Patriots rusher will begin to explore his opportunities with a couple visits this week.
Stevie Johnson visited the Patriots to start free agency’s second week. (NFL Game Rewind)
The first wave of NFL free agency crashed down on the New England Patriots, seeing the likes of Shane Vereen, Darrelle Revis and Brandon Browner head into shore with the New York Giants, New York Jets and New Orleans Saints, respectively.
But now, a week out, it’s time to revisit where head coach Bill Belichick, director of player personnel Nick Caserio and the Patriots stand.
It’s time to see what’s been retained, added and subtracted from the roster. And also, what’s remaining heading into the second week.
Stevan Ridley is set to embark on unrestricted free agency. (NFL Game Rewind)
Stevan Ridley is one of 10 New England Patriots scheduled to hit unrestricted free agency on March 10. But while the fourth-year NFL running back is entering those waters under uncertain terms, testing the depths is something he is prepared for.
“I’m excited about it,” Ridley told Sirius XM Radio’s Movin’ the Chains on Friday afternoon. “As a player coming into the league, you get there and your first contract you kind of have to establish yourself and see what you can do. Everybody is a good player if you get to make it to the NFL, but there is something to be said if you get that second contract.”
Ridley played in 52 games for New England after being selected in the third round of the 2011 NFL draft out of LSU. The 5-foot-11, 220-pound back amassed 2,817 rushing yards and 146 receiving yards over that span, along with 22 touchdowns.
Aaron Dobson was placed on injured reserve after Week 13. (NFL Game Rewind)
Some arrived there in July. Others arrived there in December. But 10 New England Patriots players found themselves on injured reserve by season’s end.
Here is a follow-up with each one as the 2014 chapter turns to 2015.
The focus of New England’s backfield has shifted. (NFL Game Rewind)
The New England Patriots have 60 players under contract for the 2015 season.
Among them are the likes of Vince Wilfork and Darrelle Revis, who will have options the organization will have to pick up or renegotiate. Not among them are the likes of Devin McCourty and Stephen Gostkowski, who are scheduled to become unrestricted free agents.
But the dust has yet to settle on those decisions.
Safety Devin McCourty is set to become an unrestricted free agent. (NFL Game Rewind)
On the heels of Wednesday’s Super Bowl victory rally, the New England Patriots are rolling onward. And there are several dates on the horizon for both the organization and its players to roll into.
By Feb. 16, NFL teams will be able to apply franchise and transitions tags on players set to hit free agency. By March 10, after a three-day negotiation period, teams will be facing a final deadline for exercising 2015 options and offers for exclusive-rights free agents. And by 4 p.m. that same day, the 2015 league year will turn over a new leaf into unrestricted free agency.
What head coach Bill Belichick and director of player personnel Nick Caserio will elect to do between now and then remains to be seen. But what has been seen is New England’s list of upcoming free agents.