Michael Floyd to the Vikings?
The Minnesota native could perhaps be on his way back home.
— Andrew Renschen (@InfraRen) May 2, 2017
Michael Floyd was a star at Cretin-Durham Hall High School (St. Paul, MN) before heading to Notre Dame.
Floyd was the 13th pick in the 2012 draft by the Arizona Cardinals. His best season came in 2013 when he caught 65 passes for 1,041 yards and five touchdowns. He and Larry Fitzgerald formed one of the best wide receiver tandems in the league.
He was arrested though in December for a DUI and was released. He was asleep at the time he was found by the police. In February, he was sentenced to 120 days in jail(24 days in jail, remaining 96 days of home detention). He also had a DUI after his junior season at Notre Dame.
Floyd was then signed by the New England Patriots. He appeared in two games, catching four passed for 42 yards and a touchdown. He was active for the their first playoff game, before being deactivated for the final two games, which included the Super Bowl.
In 78 career games, Floyd has 246 receptions for 3,781 yards and 24 touchdowns.
The Vikings top two wide receivers are set with Stefon Diggs and Adam Thielen, but after that it’s pretty wide open.
Last year’s first round pick Laquon Treadwell had a disappointing season, catching only one pass. Cordarrelle Patterson signed with the Oakland Raiders and Jarius Wright is still on the roster but did not see much action last season.
Rodney Adams could perhaps see some action too, but may primarily only be used on special teams.
Despite Floyd’s baggage, he also has some talent. Signing him to a one-year deal would not be a bad idea. He also would not be asked to contribute as much as he did in Arizona.
Maybe Treadwell will turn out to be a decent receiver, but at the moment he has not shown it. Floyd would give the Vikings a proven player as the no.3 receiver.
The Vikings passing game has struggled a lot for the most part since 2009. With an improved offensive line, rising receivers and a good quarterback in Sam Bradford, Floyd would give them another weapon. New running backs Latavius Murray and Dalvin Cook can also catch out of the backfield.