The Vikings signed wide receiver and Minnesota native Michael Floyd on Wednesday.
For the #Vikings and new WR Michael Floyd, it's a 1-year-deal worth roughly $1.5 million with incentives up to $6M, source said.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) May 10, 2017
Michael Floyd was a star at Cretin-Derham 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 by the Cardinals. 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. He cannot leave Arizona until June 17.
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.
Happy as ever!!! Can't wait to get to work #SkolVikes
— MichaelFloyd (@MichaelMFloyd) May 10, 2017
Stefon Diggs and Adam Thielen will remain the starters, but Floyd would make a very good no.3 wide receiver for the Vikings.
The Vikings were 28th in the league last season in total offense and 23rd with 20.4 points per game. They need all the help they can get and have added more talent this offseason.
They added tackles Riley Reiff and Mike Remmers in free agency, along with running back Latavius Murray. They also drafted running back Dalvin Cook in the second round and center/guard Pat Elflein in the third round.
Quarterback Sam Bradford has to be thrilled with all of these moves.
There is a good chance Floyd could be suspended for the first four games, but this is still a good move for the Vikings. Low-risk, high-reward move. If Floyd stays clean, he will help this team improve.
The Vikings were 2-4 last season in games decided by six points or less. Having a better offense will certainly help a lot. They also need to have fewer injuries too though.
Cris Carter had issues with cocaine before coming to the Vikings and Jared Allen had three DUI arrests before he joined the Vikings. Both stayed clean when they joined the organization.
Maybe Floyd will too. Being around his friends and family should help him. He still needs to make his own decisions, but being back home should help. Current Vikings Kyle Rudolph (pictured) and Harrison Smith played with Floyd at Notre Dame.
“The state of Minnesota has been at the forefront of recovery,’’ Carter said. “It was for me, and Michael has embraced that he’s got a problem. He’s sought to get help and Minneapolis is a great place. (twincities.com)
Carter also offered to help Floyd.
“I’m sure the Vikings are going to put support around him, and me being a former Viking that struggled with things, the team really helped me. Being a fan of Michael Floyd, I’m pulling for him. I’ll try to help him with anything that I can in his assimilation back into being a very good football player.’’ (twincities.com)
If this does not work out, it will not hurt the Vikings very much. If it does work out, it could be a huge addition for them. Sometimes a change of scenery really helps players out. He also will not be counted on as much as he was with the Cardinals.