Patriots claim Michael Floyd

AP

The Patriots claimed wide receiver Michael Floyd via waivers from the Cardinals on Thursday.

Floyd was cut by the Cardinals on Wednesday after being arrested on DUI charges earlier this week. All players are subject to the NFL’s waiver system after the trade deadline. That the Patriots got him means most of the league chose not to claim Floyd.

The Patriots take on what’s left of Floyd’s rookie contract, which expires at the end of the season.

Though Floyd’s numbers are down this season, he totaled 164 receptions and 17 touchdowns over the last three seasons. The Patriots have been playing without injured wide receiver Danny Amendola recently and placed tight end Rob Gronkowski on their injured reserve list earlier this month, so they likely see claiming Floyd as at least a chance to give him an up-close tryout and possibly as a potential fit for their offense during the postseason.

Floyd played in 13 games for the Cardinals this season, starting seven and catching 33 passes for 446 yards and four touchdowns.

166 responses to “Patriots claim Michael Floyd

  1. Dare I say it? I certainly do!

    TREMENDOUS move by the 4 time World Champions!

    WOW!

    🙂

  2. Garbage player joins garbage organization to learn how to cheat first hand. Match made in Hell.

  3. Can’t help but wonder if not tendering him after the season might generate a compensatory pick for New England. AZ tried to look like they gave a damn about appearances but really they just bounced a guy with 3 weeks left on his contract they should have sat then picked up a compensatory pick for.

  4. I give players slack for using substances to numb pain. Driving while doing so is stupid (but we all did it at least once if we are over 40 and being honest so no preaching).

  5. Low character organization.

    Do they also want the Wake Forest broadcaster?

  6. Watch Bill work his magic and this dude magically turns into Randy Moss.

    I mean Michael Floyd was extremely talented at Notre Dame. A WR with that skill can do nothing, but benefit from TOM BRADY throwing the ball his way.

  7. LOL!

    Watch Goodell make up a rule right now about FA DUI pick ups with Pash feverishly “wordsmithing” it to make it appear like NE has just cheated.

    bawahaha

    Bye Bye Goodell

  8. Does he have to wait to play until after he’s suspended by the league for the DUI? Strange signing.

  9. Can we please link the comments from that thread to this one, PLEASE! It’ll go from “He’s not a Belicheat player”, to “The genius strikes again”. Hilarity is to ensue.

  10. Surprised he fell that far down the waiver claims list. Beyond the fact it’s not hard to believe Arians may have lost him and there could be value in a guy that needs to prove himself what with the OUI and all there has to be compensation value once the season is over for a former 1st rounder.

  11. Brady will probably have him receiving pro bowl consideration with the last 3weeks of the season.

    Meanwhile my 9ERS have over 40mil in cap space, no legitimate receiving threats or NFL worthy WR’s outside of Torrey Smith, and Trent Baalke sits back and picks his @_$

  12. it’s a good thing the Hardball Talk columnists don’t care about the NFL because this would make their heads explode

  13. Bill B has had very good results with his reclamation projects. Some. like Albert Haynesworth and Chad Johnson did not work out, but most have. Honestly, this move does not suprize me at all.

  14. Super Bowl!!!
    Oh yeah, we were going there already….
    Guess it’s just a bonus !!!!
    Go Pats!!!

  15. A lot of people called it. The Patriots are one of the only teams that has the culture in place to take on a player with his kind of baggage. If, for example the Bills claimed him, people would be laughing in ridicule.

  16. If he can pick up the terminology quickly he’s gonna get some balls!
    And with a looming suspension Belichik can get him cheap if he does well!

    This is a great pickup despite what the sports-talk dbags are saying!

  17. .
    There’s very little risk. There could be some reward. If he doesn’t work out, you part ways. He’s 6’2″, 220 lbs and runs a 4.5 /40. Perhaps a change of scenery will help.
    .

  18. Bill being Bill; if it works he shows his genius. If it doesn’t (see Albert Haynesworth) he will make short work of him.

  19. He may have the disputed GOAT throwing to him, but anyone that’s watched him this year knows he can’t catch anything. His whole season has been critical drops in key situations.

  20. Strange that they’d grab someone fresh off of a DUI, since they cut at least one guy after a DUI in the past couple seasons.
    But a guy who caught ~4 balls a game could be a good rental to help fill the gap left by Amendola & Gronk.

  21. Hopefully he picks up the playbook fast enough to make a difference in the playoffs. Any receiver who is willing to work hard should find success in the Patriots system.

  22. Could be a great pickup … but have to laugh at the comments on his draft profile after he was drafted by the Cards.

    Mayock’s take: “I love this marriage. I’ll tell you something right now, there is not a better role model for him in the NFL at the wide receiver position than Larry Fitzgerald. He will mentor this kid and get the most out of him.”

  23. Wait ! The Patriots don’t allow guys like this on the team right ! What a joke, the foolish Patriot bandwagon suck ups think the Pats are morally superior to the rest of the league. Guess what suck ups …Exactly like the cowboys , the raiders or anyone else belichick would sign jeffrey dahmer if he ran a 4.2 so don’t troll other teams when they sign dirt bags beacause your hero Bill DOES THE SAME THING

  24. Nice, upstanding franchise.

    The guy hasn’t even sobered up and the patsies claimed him.

    Looks like they hear footsteps.

    Carry on.

    Go Raiders

  25. Good for Floyd. Despite his issues on and off the field this year, he seems like a decent guy and he can make plays. Maybe a change of scenery will do him good.

  26. Now they have a former 1rst rnd pick, in a contract yr, that played 2 yrs of college FB in CWEIS offense. They only have 3 viable WRs right now, and 2 are usually limited in practice. No brainer.

  27. exinsidetrader says:
    Dec 15, 2016 4:33 PM
    I give players slack for using substances to numb pain. Driving while doing so is stupid (but we all did it at least once if we are over 40 and being honest so no preaching).
    *********************
    Never did it, and over 40. Rarely drinking and never being drunk has a lot to do with it.

  28. Mike Reiss said this will cost the Pats $1.2 million for these last three games. That’s a big price to pay for a guy who has zero chemistry with Tom Brady. Not a fan of this move at all.

  29. So drunk he passes out waiting at a red light. After his car sits through 2 green lights the cops figure something is up and find him sleeping behind the wheel with his foot on the brake. Could’ve happened to any of us in our younger days.I can’t believe he made it that far down the waiver wire!

    This is why the Hoodie wins!! I hate that guy! I wish he was my coach!

  30. The Ravens passed on him because it’s a class organization. He’s going to get a first class education on how to cheat. Too bad he has no talent at all. Palmer made this kids career. Harbaugh knew he would be less useful than Devin Hester who was released anyways.

  31. Arizona: 7th highest DUI arrest rate in the nation

    Mass: tied for 5th lowest

    We have a subway here in Boston, he’ll be fine

  32. The Ravens passed because DUI, if convicted, is a misdemeanor. The Ravens set the bar at convicted felons.

  33. Floyd will probably be a star for the Patriots next season. Everyone will be asking Howie Roseman why the Eagles couldn’t use this guy. He’s certainly better than anything they have at WR.

  34. pastabelly says:
    Dec 15, 2016 5:15 PM

    Mike Reiss said this will cost the Pats $1.2 million for these last three games. That’s a big price to pay for a guy who has zero chemistry with Tom Brady. Not a fan of this move at all.

    ========

    Floyd is a lot better than anything else you can sign off the street at this point in the year. And he has incentive to re-establish his value for a contract in the off season. And Pats can get a compensatory pick if he leaves. They have the cap space, so its low risk.

  35. flaccojumpball says:
    Dec 15, 2016 5:30 PM

    The Ravens passed on him because it’s a class organization. He’s going to get a first class education on how to cheat.
    —————————————————————-
    You can’t be as dumb as your comments would suggest. You must have a goal to intentionally write the exact opposite of what you know to be true.

    You must know by now that the Steelers footballs deflated last week while the NFL was babysitting them. Roger Goodell said publically “We’re comfortable that protocols were followed”.

    You must also know that the NFL took measurements of footballs during games played in the 2015 season decided to keep the information secret because it would show everyone that cold weather deflated footballs.

  36. Given how much NE’s offense expects from a WR re: reading coverages and adjusting at the line of scrimmage, I can’t imagine he’ll be much more than a decoy in the short term. And by short term I mean the rest of the season incl. playoffs.

  37. For the people saying “he has lot of dropped passes” or “he can’t catch”

    He is 31st in the in the NFL in dropped passes
    33 reception 4 dropped passes
    AJ green
    Antonio Brown
    OBJ

    Just to name a few

    All have more dropped passes

  38. Chandler Jones is working out great in AZ and Cooper the guard is no longer a Patriot. Maybe this makes that trade a little more even. That or AZ saves some money and Floyd continues to drop balls that hit him in the numbers while occasionally pulling down an amazing catch.

  39. Interesting move. They need depth. As with any WR in New England, can they learn the offense quickly…others have proven they cannot (i.e. Ochocinco, etc)

  40. Could be a great move with no downside, plus if he departs after the season, he will factor into the compensatory pick system for the team. But have to laugh at the comments on his draft profile when the Cards drafted him …

    Mayock’s take: “I love this marriage. I’ll tell you something right now, there is not a better role model for him in the NFL at the wide receiver position than Larry Fitzgerald. He will mentor this kid and get the most out of him.”

  41. hawkforlife says:
    Dec 15, 2016 4:39 PM
    Does he have to wait to play until after he’s suspended by the league for the DUI? Strange signing.
    ================

    Former Hawk and current Brown Alvin was arrested in September, pleaded no contest in November and just suspended. Goodell usually waits on the courts for things of this nature so as not to be embarrassed in the event it is dismissed.

  42. If this guy has any amount of intelligence he should realize, he must realize he only needs to stay clean for only a couple of months while being a good soldier. If he can’t do those two things then he and his reputation both professionally and privately will truly be washed up.

  43. MostlyRight says:
    Dec 15, 2016 6:27 PM
    Chandler Jones is working out great in AZ and Cooper the guard is no longer a Patriot. Maybe this makes that trade a little more even.
    =================

    That trade ended up netting NE starting guard Joe Thuney and WR Malcolm Mitchell as well as another pick next year. Pats O line is vastly improved and Mitchell is NE’s most productive rookie WR in some time. NE is headed back to the playoffs with a better team than last year’s. How’s AZ’s playoff seeding look?

  44. When the NFL steals your 1st round draft pick because cold weather deflated footballs…you have to find another ways to get 1st round talent on your team.

  45. But Tyreke Evans is OK right? Its amazing how the tolerance of people scales based on their rooting interest. Dude made a terrible mistake. Its going to cost him millions. You can condemn the Patriots all you want but your team would do it too if the guy they wanted/needed was available. This isn’t the PTA.

  46. The Patriots have no problem with scumbags, they hid Aaron Hernandez on their roster for years when he was going around killing people. Patriot fans defended him until the end.

  47. Remember…

    He is getting the 2016 version of Michael Floyd….

    not past years…

    Clearly, something isn’t right with him…

    I wouldn’t be surprised at all if he is cut within the next 10 days.

    He probably cost the Cardinals 2 games this season with costly drops

  48. Great pickup for the Patriots, low risk/high gain…and he can make some pretty awesome catches. Cardinal players were devastated when Floyd was cut as he is liked by all and is not a problem guy.
    This unfortunate incident got blown up by the press and the actual facts of the incident still haven’t been released. The media does that when you’re a high profile person.
    As far as sleeping through a stop light, a person can do that without being impaired, and the college thing happened years ago without any problems since. Scottsdale, “Snotsdale” is the drama capital of the world and Floyd is lucky to be out of Arizona.

  49. People would be literally afraid to ever cross a street if they knew how many drunk as a skunk drivers were actually driving cars, planes, trains and other vehicles. And it’s not just “Joe Six Pack”. It’s very important people down to the lowest scum. It’s cops and robbers. We’d all be shocked. I’ve driven drunk and mildly sauced on many occasions in the past. I’m not proud of it. And I don’t do it anymore. So cut this guy (Floyd) some slack please. Unless you have never driven under the influence.

    The Patriots knew this simplest of human fact. They cast no moral judgment on it because the NFL itself advertises excessive drinking and getting sloshed via its sponsors. They just made a practical and cold blooded business decision. Maybe one the LA Rams, Cleveland Browns, Bengals, Carolina Panthers, Detroit Lions & others should have done too.

  50. steelcurtainn says:
    Dec 15, 2016 5:10 PM
    Dui’s, weed smokers, cheaters etc. They got it all.
    —————-
    And so does PIT, and so does DEN, and so does DAL, and so does IND … and did I already say, so does PIT? Especially PIT.

  51. Floyd was injured early in the season and has never gotten off the “funk” he has shown himself to be this season, even though its his contract showcase year.

    Perhaps, the pressure of a new contract was too much for him. Perhaps, Floyd got tired of BA’s BS. Perhaps, the emergence of David Johnson took away too many targeted throws to Floyd and it hurt his whatever resulting in a clearly subpar year for him.

    However, the Patriots saw that Floyd has consistentily produced high percentage grabs and averaged 800+ yards in his normal years.

    And even though Floyd missed a lot of game signals where he became the hot receiver, he was decent in his prior years, making him a real possible candidate to fit in the Patriot Offense, unlike other receivers who could only deal in straight plays called by numbers.

  52. Floyd just hit the Lotto. Going from the Cardinals to the Patriots is better than hitting the Lotto.

    I would think more Cardinals players will be driving drunk in hopes they’ll get cut and get picked up by the Patriots.

  53. He’s not good at reading defenses or adjusting his routes. Misses his hot reads. Took forever to learn the playbook. Has rare physical talent and ability. Needs to learn to catch with his HANDS and not his body. I think he’ll do very well in NE with Tom Brady at QB. I think he was liked in the locker room by most. Wonder what the REAL reason is he was cut.

  54. Belicheat: gives a 40 million dollar contract to a serial killer, now picks up this scumbag.

    Stay classy, New England!

  55. If he re-signs with New England and Bill B gets him to get his act together, he’s gonna be a pro bowler for a few years. Potential low risk/high reward for the Patriots.

  56. just goes to show NO team is beyond picking up talent no matter what….way to reward a tard

  57. This acquisition is similar to the re-signing last season of LeGarrette Blount. Both players had serious issues with other teams and clearly deserved to be cut. Blount has been excellent this season for the Patriots. Maybe Floyd can return to form with the Patriots? If he can, he’ll be at the top of the depth chart pretty quickly.

  58. steelcurtainn says:
    Dec 15, 2016 5:10 PM
    Dui’s, weed smokers, cheaters etc. They got it all.
    ——————
    Mr. Glasshouse shouldn’t be throwing any stones. This was a fill in move due to a spate of injuries. Your team headlines a quarterback involved in several sexual assault scandals and a running back that spends the first couple games of every year on suspension, also add on the steroid curtain, trip-gate, deflategate 2………..

  59. icardfan says:
    Dec 15, 2016 8:22 PM
    He’s not good at reading defenses or adjusting his routes. Misses his hot reads. Took forever to learn the playbook. Has rare physical talent and ability. Needs to learn to catch with his HANDS and not his body. I think he’ll do very well in NE with Tom Brady at QB. I think he was liked in the locker room by most. Wonder what the REAL reason is he was cut.
    ————
    Nice insight from a Cards fan, thanks. Gotta say though “not adjusting his routes” and “missing hot reads” and “taking forever to learn the playbook” will land him in TB12’s Land of Outcast Receivers really quick. Like 3 plays.

    It’s all about the nuances and adjustments with the Pats offense. Keep up, or be gone.

  60. The Truth says:
    Dec 15, 2016 4:55 PM
    Wait ! The Patriots don’t allow guys like this on the team right ! What a joke, the foolish Patriot bandwagon suck ups think the Pats are morally superior to the rest of the league. Guess what suck ups …Exactly like the cowboys , the raiders or anyone else belichick would sign jeffrey dahmer if he ran a 4.2 so don’t troll other teams when they sign dirt bags beacause your hero Bill DOES THE SAME THING
    ======================
    Because under performing and a DUI is akin to Jeffrey Dahmer. LOL

    Haynesworth, Dillon, Hernandez, etc. The cat is out of the bag. LOL

  61. 72DolphinsStillUnmatched says:
    Dec 15, 2016 5:36 PM
    Go Patsies, keep beating our wild card competitors before you lose in Miami for the 4th year in a row.🙂
    ====================
    To be fair, the division should be clinched by that time.

    Signed,

    GoodLuckWinningOutTheRestOfTheWay

  62. flaccojumpball says:
    Dec 15, 2016 5:30 PM

    The Ravens passed on him because it’s a class organization. He’s going to get a first class education on how to cheat. Too bad he has no talent at all. Palmer made this kids career. Harbaugh knew he would be less useful than Devin Hester who was released anyways.
    ======

    If Palmer “made” this kids career and Brady is invariably a better QB than Palmer, then I think Floyd could be just fine. Or they won’t use him, but worth giving him a shot since he’s been good in the past. Either way, Pats will still score. And the Ravens still have Suggs, hardly an example of a “class” player.

  63. steelerfanjo says:
    Dec 15, 2016 4:48 PM
    You knew it would it be the Pats or Ravens.
    ———————————————————-
    You knew it wasn’t going to be the Steelers. They prefer rapist.

  64. grabgrabgrab says:
    Dec 15, 2016 6:59 PM
    Another championship loss for the Pats on the way. This time, with a DUI loser on board. lol-
    ——————————————————————–Hey look! Big Ben’s posting here!

  65. Notice to all NFL players: If you don’t want to be on the team that you’re on, there’s now a way to not only immediately change your life but also will land you on the team of your choice. Forget contracts, forget red tape and agents, forget the draft, go where you want to go and when you want to go there. You don’t want to be a Jaguars or Bears or even a Browns, well you no longer have to spend your career with a dead end team. To heck with the NFLPA, who needs them? Bty the Cowboys could use some quality d-end, lb’s, corners and receivers and a good TE.

  66. fluiddarkness says:
    Dec 15, 2016 4:29 PM

    Garbage player joins garbage organization to learn how to cheat first hand. Match made in Hell.>>>>>>>>>>>

    Sounds as if you are upset with the Pats once again silly person…Garbage team you say? Poor baby sitting at home on a cold winter night watching the Pats once again in another Superbowl … Have another beer with your sour-grapes my friend… You and other silly losers like yourself are simply jealous and oh so transparent! GO PATS…Great move picking up this big bruising WR! He already had over 1000 yards in one season under a bad coach..What might he accomplish under the greatest coach in history!

  67. fluiddarkness says:
    Dec 15, 2016 4:29 PM

    Garbage player joins garbage organization to learn how to cheat first hand. Match made in Hell

    ————————————————————–

    It’s sad that someone is still clinging to the “cheat” narrative” after all this:

    • Scientists from no less than 21 universities stated that the weather explained the deflation
    • Numerous videos are available online where you can watch the PSI drop on gauges when footballs are placed into refrigerators
    • You can watch the PSI numbers rise in those same videos after the footballs are removed from the refrigerators
    • The NFL refuses to release the PSI information from the 2015 season presumably because the evidence would show that footballs deflate naturally during cold weather games.
    • We now have an example from an NFL game played last week were footballs deflated due to cold weather.

  68. I have to laugh at the double standard imposed on the Pats….half the players in league have messed up at one point or another.
    If I knew all it took was a DUI to get on the best team in league, I would have 5 DUI’s about now…
    Not only that, if he gets on field and meshes with Tom, the sky is the limit. With Palmer, it was retirement.

  69. vicvinegar00 says:
    Dec 20, 2016 5:54 AM
    I’m no Pats fan, but watch this guy go for 1,000 yards next year.
    ___________________________________

    READ THE ARTICLE “The Patriots take on what’s left of Floyd’s rookie contract, which expires at the end of the season.”

  70. And when Aaron Hernandez gets out in 2018 on good behavior BB can give him a second chance too!!

  71. jaxon51 says:
    Dec 21, 2016 8:22 PM

    And when Aaron Hernandez gets out in 2018 on good behavior BB can give him a second chance too!!
    ———————————————————-
    Zero chance of that. Patriots cut him while he was still being driven to the police station jail.
    Seahawks would be the most likely team to give Aaron Hernandez a second chance.

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