Stevan Ridley wrote a heartfelt goodbye message to the Jets and let the football world know his next destination: Detroit.
“New York, I hate that I couldn’t do more for you this past year, but the opportunity ya’ll gave me after my injury to do what I love the most … I can never put a price on,” the free-agent running back posted on social media Friday.
Ridley, 27, visited with the Lions on Tuesday afternoon. His agent, Andy Simms, confirmed the signing on Twitter.
A former third-round pick of the Patriots in 2011, Ridley’s promising career in New England was derailed by ball security issues and a torn ACL he suffered during the 2014 season.
The Jets signed him to a free-agent deal last offseason, but he proved to be largely ineffective a year removed from surgery. He rushed for 90 yards and no touchdowns on 36 carries and caught four passes for -2 yards in nine games (one start).
“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,” wrote Ridley, who got a tattoo of the Jets’ logo inked on his right forearm last year shortly after signing with the team. “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. …To the Organization and the city of NEW YORK I truly thank you for all the love. But now it’s on to Detroit for me! …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!!”
Ridley is the latest Jets’ free agent to sign with Detroit. Slot receiver Jeremy Kerley and cornerback Darrin Walls recently signed with the Lions as well.