The Vikings inked the wideout to a one-year deal in early May to bolster their bare receiving corps. The move comes after Floyd was arrested and charged with extreme DUI in December. As a result, he was released by the Arizona Cardinals. He was picked up by the New England Patriots days later, but was not re-signed after the season.
Now the property of the Vikings, Floyd will be playing professionally for his hometown team with a number of former college teammates.
“We understand (his legal history) We always try to weigh every situation. But you know, he’s from here. I think he has a good support system with (former Notre Dame teammates) Harrison Smith and Kyle Rudolph, partly,” Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer said of the signing Saturday, according to Max Meyer of NFL.com. “A lot of those things were factored into it.”
Zimmer believes Floyd won’t have any trouble grasping the team’s playbook, either.
“Michael’s a very, very intelligent person, so I don’t think he’ll have any problem catching on to the system or anything like that,” Zimmer said. “But to get out here and do it, and be around the other guys, and be around the quarterbacks, I think that will help him.”
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