The Vikings explained the move as general manager Rick Spielman released a statement Wednesday evening.
“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.”
Floyd disappointed in 13 games for the Arizona Cardinals last season, hauling in just 33 passes for 446 yards and four touchdowns and was released after his December DUI arrest. The New England Patriots claimed the wideout off waivers and used him sparingly during their run to a Super Bowl championship.
Floyd has yet to receive any kind of disciplinary action from the league for his sentence.
“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,” Spielman said. “We are excited to have Michael and believe he can be a productive member of our football team and community.”
Floyd, a native of St. Paul, Minn., is relishing the opportunity to play for his hometown team.
“I am very excited to come home and play for the Minnesota Vikings,” Floyd said. “I have been training extremely hard this offseason in addition to taking responsibility and paying the consequences for my mistake. Although I cannot change my past decisions, I have definitely learned from this experience and look forward to making valuable contributions to the Vikings organization and the Minnesota community, both as a player and a person. Time to go to work.”
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