Cardinals cut Michael Floyd after DUI arrest

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Michael Floyd, the wide receiver who never quite lived up to his promise as the Cardinals’ 2012 first-round draft pick, is now out of work.

The Cardinals have released Floyd today, two days after he was arrested for driving under the influence.

That arrest was the last straw for Floyd, who was already considered a disappointing player based on the way he was performing on the field this season. The Cardinals once thought they had a future star in Floyd, who topped 1,000 receiving yards in his second season as a professional. But this year he has a career-low 446 receiving yards, and a player who’s producing at that level can’t keep his job if he’s also a problem off the field.

Floyd will be subject to waivers, meaning any team that wants to pick him up for the rest of the season is free to do so. Floyd still has talent enough that some team in need of depth at wide receiver may just pick him up, and it’s possible that he could find himself playing a part on a playoff team. But he’s done in Arizona.

73 responses to “Cardinals cut Michael Floyd after DUI arrest

  1. Low production+DUI found drunk sleeping in a car= no big second contract for Floyd.
    I think Arians is a bit overrated, but I will give him one thing: Dude does apparently not screw around when he has seen enough.

  2. I think Dallas could use his talent as well. With Whitehead not making meetings and Williams, not playing well, maybe give Floyd a chance. What could it hurt?

  3. hope the redskins grab him…playoff contenders with a dangerous offense, djax is gone next year and after garcon and crowder we dont have much of a threat at the position.

  4. As a Cardinals fan from Minnesota, I’m very disappointed in how he has handled himself. He got in trouble back in college for drunk driving too… You’d figure with Larry around, he’d follow suit… Apparently, that wasn’t the case. I wish him well, and hope he doesn’t make the same mistake a 3rd time…

  5. The cynical side of me can’t help but feel if he were playing at his 2013 level and there were 3 years instead of 3 games left on his contract they would be standing behind him while he ‘worked out his issues’

  6. He’ll find work. Bucs are very thin at WR and in the middle of a playoff push. They already brought in Huff after Philly released him.

  7. Dude has a drinking problem that’s affecting his work on the field…this dui could have saved his life, hopefully his new team will give him the help he needs and hopefully he will take it…..

  8. When you do something this dangerous and stupid, you deserve to be cut. Luckily, Floyd fell asleep before he hurt someone. I don’t believe that another team should grab him until he proves that he’d clean and sober.

  9. Floyd still has talent enough that some team in need of depth at wide receiver may just pick him up, and it’s possible that he could find himself playing a part on a playoff team.

    I can think of one team that is in DESPERATE need of some WR help, who is currently making a push for the playoffs… and Floyd is approximately the same size as one of their IR, soon to be retired WR.

    This team has already taken a chance on one receiver this season that was arrested…

    GoBucs

  10. jag1959 says:
    Dec 14, 2016 3:36 PM
    The cynical side of me can’t help but feel if he were playing at his 2013 level and there were 3 years instead of 3 games left on his contract they would be standing behind him while he ‘worked out his issues”

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    Probably. Make no mistake – the Cards did the right thing here, but before we pat them on the back, consider the fact that he’s been terribly inconsistent, they are essentially out of the playoffs, and it was extremely unlikely that they were going to resign him anyway.

  11. Floyd was terrible! Has had more drops in the last 2 years than most WRs. However, this is Steve Keim covering his arse. If you look at most of his 1st rounders, they’ve all failed. None of them have played like first rounders.

  12. He came into the season looking at a big payday for 2017 while forcing the front office to make some big decisions on who to pay after the season. A sudden case of the drops this season has lead to his poor production. Last season’s dip in production was due injuries to start the season.

    There has to be something going on in his personal life that has lead the to deterioration of his skills & production. The guy can be a very good #2 & borderline #1 when right.

    Hopefully this is the kick in the butt that he needs to get his life straight & career back on track.

  13. blitzinc43 says:

    As a close friend of the organization I would like to say good riddance, especially with the emergence of JJ Nelson and Johnny Brown
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    $1 million dollars for actual footage of John Brown catching a pass against the Seahawks.

  14. This is the way it should be going forward. Any interaction with the law should result in getting cut from your team and banned from the league permanently. How in the world could anyone disagree with that?

  15. playedthegame32 says:
    Dec 14, 2016 3:51 PM
    Floyd was terrible! Has had more drops in the last 2 years than most WRs. However, this is Steve Keim covering his arse. If you look at most of his 1st rounders, they’ve all failed. None of them have played like first rounders.
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    Floyd was not a Keim draft pick as GM. Drafted in 2012 before Keim & Arians took their positions in 2013. And he has drafted two very good players in the first round, one flop, & one undecided.

  16. dickshotdogs says:
    Dec 14, 2016 3:40 PM
    I wonder, in light of The Patriots injuries at the position, if they would consider him?
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    A former Patriot who was found in an intoxicated manner is now employed as a Cardinal. So, no, I don’t think so.

  17. @ dickshotdogs says:

    Dec 14, 2016 3:40 PM
    I wonder, in light of The Patriots injuries at the position, if they would consider him? —————————————————————————————————————-
    Not likely! When the story broke about Chandler Jones wandering into the Foxboro PD under the influence of synthetic MJ he became trade bait, not likely they’ll go after this kid even tho he’s gotta be able to field punts better than Cyrus Jones

  18. Welcome to Philadelphia…
    Catch the ball, we buy you a round.
    Catch a winner we buy you rounds for life
    #FLYEAGLESFLY

  19. ^^

    I only mentioned it because of injuries at the position. There aren’t many WR’s left to dress, are there? I wasn’t rooting for it.

  20. As a Cardinals season ticket holder I say ‘It’s about time!’ Floyd should have been cut based on his play. He’s dropped 15 balls, caused 6 holding penalties and been not on the line of scrimmage messing up 3 plays just this year alone.
    You’d have to be a fool to want Michael Floyd
    Now add a DUI and a 4 game suspension coming….he’s all yours.

  21. mudachains says:
    Dec 14, 2016 3:36 PM
    Well the owner is a former federal prosecuter……. Off the field incidents are not tolerated in AZ.

    I sure hope he has family money because NO ONE should ever work in government and be able to amass enough $$ legitimately to own an NFL team.

  22. I agree the desperate Bears would work…….cut one of their practice squad starters. He could end up #1 with Jeffery injured or suspended, certainly #2.

  23. Hope he can get the help he needs to get his life together and still have a career. A lot of the “facts” that were initially released by the media were a little thin and sensationalized as happens with high profile individuals.
    To the numerous self-righteous hypocrites on this thread who go to games, get sloshed and then get into a car to drive home, remember that this could happen to you (or your kid) one day, in which case it will be your turn to be judged by the masses.
    The Cardinal Organization prides itself on it’s charity and philanthropic works but sadly misses the boat when it comes to helping their own.

  24. I get it – save som cap for next year and make an example. But if he lights it up next year would the Cards no be better of with letting him walk as a FA and get a comp pick?

  25. I’m not defending the guy by any means, but one DUI for a twentysomething male is not exactly grounds for tarring and feathering him. Maybe there was other crap going on that put him over the edge, but if it’s just this arrest, that’s pretty harsh.

  26. I’m not defending the guy by any means, but one DUI for a twentysomething male is not exactly grounds for tarring and feathering him. Maybe there was other crap going on that put him over the edge, but if it’s just this arrest, that’s pretty harsh.
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    It’s not as if this is his first brush with the law after drinking and driving. He’s another of those choir boys from Notre Dame.

  27. silverbackdk says:
    Dec 14, 2016 4:45 PM
    I get it – save som cap for next year and make an example. But if he lights it up next year would the Cards no be better of with letting him walk as a FA and get a comp pick?
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    Before the season, there was only a 50/50 chance of resigning Floyd. Mathieu’s new contract hits the cap along $30+ mil needed to resign both Jones & Campbell. So there was very little wiggle room to sign Floyd & make improvements to the team. Once his play in 2016 was factored in, there was no chance of him being resigned.

    The only thing this costs AZ is potential comp pick they miss out on.

  28. “I sure hope he has family money because NO ONE should ever work in government and be able to amass enough $$ legitimately to own an NFL team.”

    The Bidwells have owned the Cardinals since the team was located in Chicago.

  29. “I sure hope he has family money because NO ONE should ever work in government and be able to amass enough $$ legitimately to own an NFL team.”

    Yeah, nobody in government should make money, so that it continues to be only people who come from old money or who got rich being despicable who can afford to serve!

  30. C’mon. Stop with the Cardinals did the right thing load of crap. Their moral compass points straight to can he play or can’t he? They jumped at the chance to acquire Chandler Jones even with the knowledge he ran naked into a police station high as a kite the week of a playoff game. What was the Cardinals major “need” this offseason? Yeah, a pass rusher. Spare me the ridiculous spin.

  31. eagles get floyd and terrelle pryor and take a big step toward solving their WR problem. those 2 plus matthews and green-beckham might be OK. then agholor rises to the occasion or joints chipster in SF

  32. If you watched All or Nothing you know Keim is wary of off field problem players but Bruce Arians believes in second chances. BA said today the owner Bidwill, Keim and Arians voted unanimously to let Floyd go. He had his second chance after a DUI in college. He didn’t take advantage of it. They gave Honey Badger and Chandler Jones second chances and they have held up their end of the bargain. They made a good statement here…we will give you a second chance in Arizona but then you have to do your part. If not, you’re done.

  33. Like BA hasn’t been known to sniff a cork or two.
    Perhaps they should stop serving alcohol on the team plane and/or caution players on medication not to partake.
    And, we all know that college kids don’t drink (especially at Catholic schools!) so let’s make this sound like the Days of Wine and Roses!
    At least the Cards have been consistent in one thing…throwing players under the bus!

  34. Floyd is a good WR. Yes he had a down year this year, the whole team had a down year. But he is a legit WR threat. The problem is he isnt a franchise level WR like Fitz, but wants to be paid like one. So Cardinals made a good decision in releasing him. They were going to anyway, but now they look good on a moral level, even though we all know that really isnt an issue. If this guy was having a career year, they would of figured out something to keep Floyd on the team.

    But this guy would be great for a playoff bound team like the Pats or the Giants. He is the type of receiver you can just throw the ball up and he will come down with it. He has an issue with the easy passes, but the hard ones where he doesnt have to think, he comes down with them more than not. A very big and strong WR who can over power most corners in this league and he is a good blocker as well.

    So if I had a playoff bound team that has a decent QB, I would rent this guy for the rest of the year. Worth it, he is that good IMO.

  35. Big Mistake Cardinals! No Wonder You have no Super Bowls and are a HORRIBLE Franchise!!! Hypocrites!!!

  36. Big Mistake Cardinals! No Wonder You have no Super Bowls and are a HORRIBLE Franchise!!! Hypocrites!!!.

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