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Vikings confident Michael Floyd has “learned and grown from past decisions”

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The Vikings signed wide receiver Michael Floyd on Wednesday, offering him the chance to return to play where he grew up as part of a receiver group that also includes Stefon Diggs, Adam Thielen and Laquon Treadwell.

Floyd may not actually be joining them for a while. He was sentenced to 24 days in jail and 96 days of house arrest in Arizona after a guilty plea to resolve a 2016 extreme drunk driving arrest. That house arrest period would run through the Vikings’ offseason program, although Matt Vensel of the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports Floyd may be able to serve the remainder of the sentence in Minnesota.

An NFL suspension of at least two games seems inevitable as well, something Vikings General Manager Rick Spielman acknowledged in a statement regarding Floyd’s signing.

“Coach [Mike] Zimmer and I are confident Michael Floyd has learned and grown from his past decisions,” Spielman said. “He has accepted full responsibility and is taking encouraging steps to improve. We have offered Michael the full support and assistance of the Minnesota Vikings organization and our player development programs. We are aware that Michael is subject to discipline from the NFL and will work with both him and the NFL in a professional manner. We are excited to have Michael and believe he can be a productive member of our football team and community.”

Floyd said he has been training this offseason in addition to “taking responsibility and paying the consequences for my mistake.” That process won’t be done until the league weighs in, but the Vikings’ willingness to take the plunge before knowing that outcome suggests Floyd should get that chance to produce when he’s available to do so.

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40 Responses to “Vikings confident Michael Floyd has “learned and grown from past decisions””
  1. irishgary says: May 11, 2017 7:18 AM

    Spielman statement was taken out of context. It should say, we are desperate and we’ll take anyone”.

  2. tokyosandblaster says: May 11, 2017 7:28 AM

    Clearly not. He signed with the Vikings.

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  3. filmex2000 says: May 11, 2017 7:47 AM

    Floyd was arrested for drinking and suspended while at Notre Dame.

    Same thing, only worse, while here in Arizona.

    Outside of wishful crossed fingers, exactly what is it that makes Rick Spielman and Coach Zimmer “confident Michael Floyd has learned and grown from his past decisions” ?

    I’m confident they don’t know what they are talking about.

  4. arianil985 says: May 11, 2017 8:08 AM

    Can he run deep routes while wearing the ankle bracelet?

  5. extrametal says: May 11, 2017 8:22 AM

    The 2017 ones or the 2012 ones?

  6. th3cheesestandsalone says: May 11, 2017 8:30 AM

    ….just like he did the last time.

  7. hbudgess says: May 11, 2017 9:08 AM

    Only in minnesota will he get his last chance. Good luck Michael….

  8. whatjusthapped says: May 11, 2017 9:11 AM

    To be fair to this situation, the Vikings have experience in dealing with players who cannot attend games because they are in jail. (Chris Cook anyone?)

    So for a player to miss OTA’s because of House Arrest is mere child’s play to the Vikings. The fact that Floyd will be suspended for 4 games can been seen as a positive from Treadslow’s point of view, then he can see the field (something he did very little of last year) and show the world why Spielman is a genius. Superbowl, here they come!

  9. ducks4remi says: May 11, 2017 9:26 AM

    I’ve got bad news for you Michael Floyd… The Viking season is usually over by week four. If you want to win a championship with this team you need to be available in the offseason!

  10. ackattack22 says: May 11, 2017 10:27 AM

    Great signing by the Vikes. I’ll drink to that!

  11. tjacks7 says: May 11, 2017 10:34 AM

    Low risk, high reward at $1.5 million dollars. There’s a lot of value there. You have to be willing to take smart chances if you want to fill out an entire roster. Saving money and not having guys on both sides is he reason some team gets laughed out of the playoffs every year. Congrats to Rick and Zim for playing in free agency and taking calculated risks.

  12. trophylessvikings says: May 11, 2017 10:41 AM

    Extreme drunk driving? Did he drive his car through a ring of fire over razor blade busses?

  13. tjacks7 says: May 11, 2017 10:53 AM

    This article specifically states that his house arrest can likely be served in Minnesota. People on house arrest are typically allowed to leave the house for gainful employment. Meaning, no missed off-season work. If only there was some sort of engine people could search for facts before looking like a fool.

  14. tremoluxman says: May 11, 2017 11:21 AM

    Wow. Eleven negative comments out of 13 responses, all by GB fanboys. You guys are in top form this morning.

  15. milehighcityboss says: May 11, 2017 11:55 AM

    Crazy how Michael Floyd pissed his career away. He was set for a big pay day this off season.. Probably should have just paid $40 for that Uber…

  16. daysend564 says: May 11, 2017 12:13 PM

    And if not…PARTY BOAT!!!!

  17. djvh2 says: May 11, 2017 12:53 PM

    “You have to be willing to take smart chances if you want to fill out an entire roster. Saving money and not having guys on both sides is he reason some team gets laughed out of the playoffs every year. Congrats to Rick and Zim for playing in free agency and taking calculated risks.”

    Once again, you show that you are happier with not making the playoffs than making it every year but usually not going all the way.

    In the past 8 years, the Vikings have been to 3 playoffs and are 1-4 in those playoffs. The Packers have been in the playoffs each of the last 8 years, are 9-7 in those playoffs, have been in 3 conf championship games, and won a Super Bowl.

    But, yeah, congrats to the Vikings for doing things the right way.

  18. fmc651 says: May 11, 2017 1:32 PM

    I am not a fan of this signing. I have heard the defense of this by mentioning C.Carter. Floyd is not a HOF WR. He drops too many passes. I would rather have a better safety next to Harry than to add Floyd.

  19. Purple People Eaters says: May 11, 2017 2:02 PM

    I don’t like the signing. He clearly hasn’t learned his lesson and most likely never will. The guy needs to be extremely talented to offset his character issues. And he’s not.

  20. cheeseisfattening says: May 11, 2017 2:05 PM

    That is too funny because it is usually the Packers that are confident their players have _grown_ from past decisions. 😛

  21. The Phantom Stranger says: May 11, 2017 2:12 PM

    If things don’t work out with the Vikings, Michael will have to go back to cutting hair. Get it? Floyd the barber? Okay, they can’t all be gems.

  22. aypeeswhippingstick says: May 11, 2017 3:50 PM

    This signing makes it very clear the 3rd place Vikings haven’t learned and grown from past decisions.

  23. bobthebillsfan says: May 11, 2017 3:54 PM

    If only there was some sort of engine people could search for facts before looking like a fool.

    I know this was a serious comment, but I am still laughing even as I type this. Good one!

  24. gtodriver says: May 11, 2017 4:00 PM

    Amazing how the fans to the east have forgotten how quickly their team signed Koren Robinson after he was cut by the Vikings for an even more serious DUI.

    And then they complained that it was unfair that the NFL suspended him…

    For a fanbase that lives in the past, I find it hysterical that they can’t remember most of it.

    Must have something to do with alcohol intake…

  25. Purple People Eaters says: May 11, 2017 5:25 PM

    The Phantom Stranger says:
    May 11, 2017 2:12 PM
    If things don’t work out with the Vikings, Michael will have to go back to cutting hair. Get it? Floyd the barber? Okay, they can’t all be gems.

    ————–

    That WAS a gem!

  26. Carl Gerbschmidt says: May 11, 2017 5:45 PM

    The Vikes signed a guy who is currently in jail? I’d rip them, but it’s too easy. Besides, their personnel moves are comical enough on their own.

  27. frank booth says: May 11, 2017 5:48 PM

    Which one is bad at their job? Is it Zimmer or Spielman? The Vikings’ fans tell us that Zimmer is a great coach, and that Spielman is a great GM. Yet, there are no playoff wins and the Vikings regressed from a division championship last year to a 3rd place 8-8 finish- after an upgrade at the QB position. If you want to go ahead and blame it on the offensive line, do that- but then it’s Zimmer’s or the coaching staff’s inability to coach, or Spielman can’t find the right guys.

    Zimmer and Spielman can clearly put together a defense, but are completely clueless when it comes to offense. Ponder, Patterson, Bridgewater (at his best, he was average to below-average) and Treadwell have all been first-round failures.

    And keep in mind, Bridgewater wasn’t even the great Spielman’s initial target- it was reported that he initially tried to trade with the Eagles at 22nd to get him, but the Browns submitted a better offer.

  28. waggle43 says: May 11, 2017 8:10 PM

    After Bradford works with the entire receiving crew this summer they will know where the talent is. 1.2 mil? Not a huge risk by the Vikes. Everyone remain calm. SKOL

  29. shaggytoodle says: May 11, 2017 8:39 PM

    As a friendly reminder are they going to issue him jersey number .217 ?

  30. vikesfansteve says: May 11, 2017 10:07 PM

    The castoff they should sign is Daryl Washington

  31. fansince68 says: May 11, 2017 11:02 PM

    Living in AZ I’ve watched Floyd since the Cards drafted him. He was inconsistent early on, but as the offense progressed so did Floyd. He can be dynamic downfield, with good speed, good hands and great leaping ability. A tough, big play guy who almost always did something good with the ball. Almost.

    Local rumors say he’s an alcoholic. Who knows, but I do know he disappeared last year. We shall see.

  32. gtodriver says: May 12, 2017 7:44 AM

    djvh2 says:

    Once again, you show that you are happier with not making the playoffs than making it every year but usually not going all the way.
    ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^

    Once again, a Packer Backer exhibits how little he knows about football.

    In the history of divisional play NO team in our division is more consistent in making the playoffs.

    Your darling little Packers would need to make the playoffs for the next 6 consecutive seasons to just tie the Vikings. And that’s assuming that the Vikings don’t make the playoffs for the next 6 seasons.

    The Vikings have never gone more than 5 seasons without making the playoffs.

    Compare that to your cute little Packer squad who took all the playoffs (of full regulations seasons) off from 1972 – 1993.

    Yes, they made the playoffs in the strike shortened 1982 season, but so did the Lions, Vikings and Bucs from the NFC Central. The Lions had 4 wins, the rest had 5.

    Ironically, the Lions only made the playoffs because they beat the Packers twice that year.

    So take pride in making the playoffs in 1982 if you want to. Real fans wouldn’t.

  33. fmc651 says: May 12, 2017 9:08 AM

    Even though it isn’t a huge risk by the Vikings. I do not like it. Another 0verrated Cretin guy. I think the Vikings WR position was good enough to score enough points without added this guy.

  34. beerbratscheese says: May 12, 2017 9:44 AM

    gtodriver says:

    Your darling little Packers would need to make the playoffs for the next 6 consecutive seasons to just tie the Vikings. And that’s assuming that the Vikings don’t make the playoffs for the next 6 seasons.
    ——————

    WRONG! The Packers have made the playoffs 26 times since the Vikings franchise came into existence, to the Vikings 28 times. There’s only a two season difference, not six.

    So, go ahead and brag about those two extra seasons all you want, and we’ll bring up the seven championships we won in that time frame.

  35. rayfinkle84 says: May 12, 2017 11:16 AM

    Hope he turns his life and career around in his home state.

  36. h0metownzero says: May 12, 2017 3:19 PM

    “Learning and growing” in MN – one DUI at a time.

    Floyd is perfect for those degenerates.

  37. stellarperformance says: May 13, 2017 8:40 AM

    gtodriver says:
    May 12, 2017 7:44 AM
    So take pride in making the playoffs in 1982 if you want to. Real fans wouldn’t.
    /////////////////////////////////////

    Aren’t you the least bit embarrassed of trying to pick a fight about your personal and singular and grossly outdated obsession?

    Do you realize the Vikings would have to win four SuperBowls in a row to have a chance at being unseated from the unenviable position of owning the all-time NFL record for postseason futility? That’s without mentioning their parallel record for one-and-done postseason appearances. You’re trying to equate the Packers with that? Why?

    The Vikings should’ve had a postseason appearance every year during the Packers’ Dark Years. How could they help it? The Packers stepped aside for them. What did the Vikings do with that two-decade opportunity? Nothing. The teams went 15-14 and 14-15 respectively.

    Big whoop. Come back with confetti next time.

  38. contra74 says: May 14, 2017 12:46 PM

    Pretty sure packer fans are unaware that they are the jokes of the NFL.

    Browns fans actually get more respect than Packer fans.

  39. stellarperformance says: May 14, 2017 2:42 PM

    contra74 says:
    May 14, 2017 12:46 PM
    Pretty sure packer fans are unaware that they are the jokes of the NFL. Browns fans actually get more respect than Packer fans.
    //////////////////////////////////////////

    Minnesota Viking fans: Leading the league in Fake News since 1961.

  40. mnvikes1961 says: May 15, 2017 12:45 PM

    stellarperformance says:
    May 14, 2017 2:42 PM
    contra74 says:
    May 14, 2017 12:46 PM
    Pretty sure packer fans are unaware that they are the jokes of the NFL. Browns fans actually get more respect than Packer fans.
    //////////////////////////////////////////

    Minnesota Viking fans: Leading the league in Fake News since 1961.
    ________

    So tell me, who on CNN or MSNBC is a Vikings fan?

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