The Minnesota Vikings will have their prized free agent signing in Minnesota after all. Darren Wolfson of KSTP is reporting that new Vikings wide receiver Michael Floyd will have his house arrest sentence transferred from Arizona to his native Minnesota. Floyd was arrested in December in Arizona on DUI charges.
Floyd’s house arrest does have a work release so with this transfer it will allow Floyd to report to offseason workouts. Had the transfer not have happened, Floyd would not have been able to join the Vikings until Training Camp in Mankato.
Floyd has been in the NFL for five seasons mostly spent with the Arizona Cardinals. The Cardinals cut Floyd after his DUI arrest in December and was quickly picked up by Bill Belichick and the New England Patriots.
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New England used the services of Floyd in two regular season games and one playoff game last season. With the Patriots, Floyd caught four passes for 42 yards in the regular season. Floyd played in the Patriots’ playoff game against the Houston Texans and caught one pass for nine yards.
Before being cut last year with the Cardinals, Floyd played in 15 games with 52 catches for 849 yards and six touchdowns. Floyd has 25 career touchdown catches with 246 total receptions resulting in 3,781 yards. The St. Paul native has the seventh-best active yards per reception average at 15.4 yards.
The Vikings signed Floyd to a one-year contract worth $1.5 million, but that could skyrocket to $6 million with incentives, according to NFL.com.
What does this all mean for the Vikings?
The addition of Michael Floyd to the team gives another weapon to Sam Bradford. Minnesota has quietly built up a solid receiver core with Adam Thielen and Stefon Diggs. The Vikings, of course, still have 2016 first round draft pick Laquon Treadwell, but the jury is beyond being still out on him.
With the departure of Adrian Peterson, it looks like the offense will be handed over to Bradford. Passing is the name of the game in the NFL and it’ll be a major focus for the Vikings in 2017.
Contract-wise, it is a low-risk with potential high rewards for the purple. The deal is very team friendly and gives Floyd every reason to prove himself while playing in US Bank Stadium.
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