The Patriots have claimed troubled WR Michael Floyd off of waivers. The 27 year old Floyd will bring receiver depth on the outside for the Patriots and as a 6’2, 220lb wideout that can run a 4.47 forty he has the ability to be a possible stud ‘X’ receiver. Floyd was recently arrested for a DUI, he has only 33 catches for 446 yards and four touchdowns in 13 games with Arizona this season. He was a former first round pick taken number 13 overall in the 2012 draft. This is an example of another highly talented reclamation project – the type Bill Belichick so seems to love.
There is little downside for the Floyd claim. The Patriots had to cut the recently acquired stopgap WR/PR Griff Whalen off of the 53-man roster, and they will have to eat a remaining $1.19 million of a cap hit on Floyd this year. In the grand scheme of things that is nothing for the Patriots, and if Floyd leaves in free agency he will count towards the teams calculation in receiving compensatory picks. Even if the Patriots try to re-sign Floyd it should be no problem, as they have an estimated 60+ million in cap space, trailing only the vastly inferior Bucs (69+) and Browns (63+) while having a large portion of their team core signed through the 2017 season already.
Floyd used to play for Charlie Weis at Notre Dame, and so has had time in a system similar to the one run by the Patriots and Josh McDaniels. The addition seems to have only upside, and while he may not be an immediate contributor he could be an impact player for a stretch run towards another Super Bowl. Like any move it may have it’s critics but it is sure hard to complain with what the Patriots are doing here. The rich just get richer….