The Patriots claimed former Cardinals receiver Michael Floyd off waivers Thursday, only 3 days after he was arrested on charges of pushing underneath a change and disaster to conform a military officer.
Floyd was taken into control after being found comatose behind a circle of his using car during an intersection in suburban Scottsdale early Monday. He was requisitioned and expelled from jail after that morning. The Cardinals expelled him Wednesday.
Patriots’ explain of WR Michael Floyd could be preview for 2017 as well
Inheriting Michael Floyd’s $1.2M agreement this late in a deteriorate seems risky, though it could finish adult being a long-term win for a Patriots.
The Patriots have been carrying only 4 loyal far-reaching receivers on their 53-man register for many of a season, and their abyss has been tested given No. 4 choice Danny Amendola harmed his ankle Dec. 4 opposite a Los Angeles Rams.
That led a group to pointer giveaway representative Griff Whalen to a one-year understanding final week. But Floyd, a first-round collect in 2012, represents what appears to be an upgrade. Whalen was expelled Thursday to make room for Floyd.
Floyd had 33 catches for 446 yards and 4 touchdowns for Arizona this season. Those were good off his stats in 2015, when he overcame early damage problems to locate 52 passes for 849 yards. His best deteriorate was 2013, when he hauled in 65 receptions for 1,041 yards.
In claiming Floyd, a Patriots (11-2) get a residue of his contract, that expires after a season. Floyd is scheduled to acquire $1.2 million for a residue of a unchanging season, and afterwards would accept playoff shares that go to each actor if he’s on a Patriots register in a postseason.
An unlimited giveaway representative after a season, he will count as partial of a Patriots’ saving draft-pick regulation in a offseason if he signs elsewhere — presumption he spends a rest of 2016 on a roster.
Floyd could face fortify from a joining for a DUI arrest, though a punishment expected would not be imposed until a 2017 season.
The Cardinals mentioned Floyd’s recover though criticism Wednesday in a news recover that announced several other register moves.
Arizona done Floyd a 13th collect altogether in a 2012 breeze after a receiver’s standout career during Notre Dame underneath former Patriots descent coordinator Charlie Weis and stream manager Brian Kelly.
A integrate of hours before New England done a move, Arizona receiver Larry Fitzgerald described Floyd as “like my brother” after his recover and said, “I adore him dearly and like any other family member we never spin my behind on him, no matter what.”
“I’m going to support him,” Fitzgerald pronounced in his initial open comments about his good friend. “I saw him yesterday. I’m going to see him again today. It’s critical during these times to support people when they’re going by some stuff.”
He pronounced he’d met with Floyd on Wednesday and designed to do so again on Thursday.
Fitzgerald pronounced Floyd was “going to be a good pickup for whoever lands him.
“You’ve got a immature man who’s hungry, he’s fervent to make plays on a agreement year,” Fitzgerald said. “He’s got a chip on his shoulder now, not that he didn’t already have one, though he’s got a bigger one — and we wish he goes and creates a low playoff run.”
Information from ESPN’s Mike Reiss and Josh Weinfuss and The Associated Press was used in this report.