NFL 2016 News: Arizona Cardinals Released Michael Floyd After DUI Arrest; New England Patriots, Houston Texans, Philadelphia Eagles & Dallas Cowboys Potential Landing Spot?
Michael Floyd has been making headlines recently and for all the wrong reasons. The former Arizona Cardinal was released by his team Wednesday, Dec. 14, as first reported by Darren Urban, a senior manager for the Cardinals Website. On Monday, the wide receiver was also taken into police custody but was released later on, after he was charged with two counts of DUI.
.@AZCardinals have cut WR Michael Floyd. Coach Bruce Arians about to address the media at the end of today’s practice.
— Darren Urban (@Cardschatter) December 14, 2016
All is not lost, however, for the 2012 first round pick (13th overall) out of Notre Dame. Teams could pick him up via waivers. And, if Michael Floyd manages to land on a playoff bound team and somehow get his act together, then it could, actually, turn out to be a blessing in disguise.
Michael Floyd Is Currently In The Final Year Of His Contract
And, the timing of his arrest and release from an NFL team could not have come at a worse time. Michael Floyd's value has definitely taken a huge dip that could come into play this coming free agency. It certainly is quite disappointing for the wide receiver who had been touted as a potential star in the previous years.
Michael Floyd has been doing just fine until this season where he posted his worst numbers with 446 receiving yards in 33 caught passes and a catch percentage of 47.1. Prior to the 2016 season, he has been averaging about 52 receptions, 823 yards, and five touchdowns, as per CBS Sports.
Possible New Destination For Michael Floyd
New England Patriots
Could he be the answer for the New England Patriots' need for another receiver, considering the injuries of Rob Gronkowski and Danny Amendola? And, there is also the Charlie Weis connection as the former Patriots offensive coordinator was the one responsible for Michael Floyd's Notre Dame recruitment, wrote Patriots Wire.
Another team that has been hobbled by injuries at the wideout corps is the Houston Texans. Jaelen Strong and Braxton Miller are both down, and the current AFC South division leaders could add depth to the roster with a Michael Floyd addition, Battle Red Blog posted.
The Philadelphia Eagles, currently at the ninth spot for waivers, has a decent chance of landing Michael Floyd should they decide to pursue him. According to 247 Sports, the Eagles wide receivers, not named Jordan Matthews, have posted dismal numbers this season with 76 catches for 844 yards and three touchdowns.
The Dallas Cowboys have proven that they are willing to take chances on troubled players, as was the case of Dak Prescott. The Cowboys newcomer was also arrested for DUI charges earlier this year, and the team took him in via draft anyway. And as Fansided also noted, the Dallas Cowboys current corps of wide receivers are not entirely poised to make the roster next season, opening a possible spot for Michael Floyd.