According to multiple reports, the New England Patriots claimed former-Arizona Cardinal wide receiver and former-Notre Dame first round pick Michael Floyd on Thursday. On Wednesday, the Cardinals released Floyd following a DUI arrest, which is his second DUI in five years, after he was found passed out behind the wheel of a running vehicle. For those unaware, the waiver wire allows teams to claim released players from worst record-to-best recording, meaning most of the league passed on Floyd before the Patriots decided to make the claim.
This season, Floyd has underperformed and been an issue off the field/in the locker room. He has played in 13 games this season, starting seven and catching 33 passes for 446 yards and four touchdowns in a reduced role. In the past, Floyd has been a 1,000+ yard receiver and a borderline pro bowler. In a contract year with three games remaining, there is not much of a risk in bringing in Michael Floyd.
The Patriots are extremely thin at the wide receiver market, dressing only three players at the position last Monday against the Baltimore Ravens. With Danny Amendola and Rob Gronkowski out, Floyd now has the ability to play on a perrenial Super Bowl contender. If Floyd sticks with the team, he can leave in free agency after this season and the Patriots would be eligible for a compensatory pick, which could be as high as the end of the third round.