The Falcons exercised Ridley's $11.12 million team option for 2022 on Monday, Gaby Moran of Atlanta's official site reports.

Atlanta likely didn't have to think too hard about whether to extend Ridley's rookie contract to a fifth year after he emerged as one of the NFL's top wideouts in 2020. Following a pair of promising campaigns to begin his career, Ridley catapulted to stardom last season, claiming second-team All-Pro honors after amassing 90 receptions for 1,374 yards and nine touchdowns. Ridley and Julio Jones will remain locked in as the No. 1 and 2 options in some order in a strong Atlanta passing game that was bolstered this offseason with the addition of No. 4 overall pick Kyle Pitts, who is widely viewed as one of the top pass-catching tight end draft prospects in recent memory.

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