Spotrac.com now projects the Patriots to receive fourth- and fifth-round compensatory selections after losing Logan Ryan, Jabaal Sheard, Martellus Bennett, Chris Long and Barkevious Mingo and signing Stephon Gilmore, Lawrence Guy and Rex Burkhead as unrestricted free agents.
Cretin-Derham Hall compiled a 13-1 record and appearance in the state championship game during Floyd's senior year.
"Happy as ever! Can't wait to get to work #SkolVikes", Floyd posted on Twitter. He endured a whirlwind finish to the 2016 campaign following a December DUI arrest, which led the Arizona Cardinals to place him on waivers, where the New England Patriots picked him up. The incident was captured on police bodycam video. The receiver was born in St. Paul and went to high school there before heading to Notre Dame for college. He had a blood-alcohol level of.217.
Two weeks after the Patriots' Super Bowl win, Floyd made a deal with authorities in Arizona where he only had to plead guilty to one of the seven charges he was facing. The Patriots apparently liked Floyd, but decided against signing him.
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Now, Floyd, facing possible discipline from the National Football League, has found another opportunity, with his hometown Minnesota Vikings.
"He is very quick in and out of his breaks, he has good acceleration, he's a good stop and start guy, I think he's going to be a good player", head coach Mike Zimmer said at the end of last season.
"We have offered Michael the full support and assistance of the Minnesota Vikings organization and our player development programs", Vikings general manager Rick Spielman said in a statement. His had career bests of 65 catches for 1,041 yards with the Cardinals in 2013, but past year had just 37 receptions for 488 yards. Floyd, who turns 28 in November, is two days younger than the Vikings' oldest receiver, Jarius Wright.