The Arizona Cardinals released receiver Michael Floyd on Wednesday after a difficult season on and off the field
The Arizona Cardinals made a difficult move on Wednesday. They had to cut receiver Michael Floyd after being arrested earlier this week for DUI.
Some might say it couldn’t have been that difficult. Maybe not in the shell of what has taken place in 2016 but in the context of Michael Floyd the person and Michael Floyd the five-year receiver who has great moments, it had to be one of the more difficult decisions the Cardinals have had to make in recent years.
It was a move however that needed to be made. Floyd left the Cardinals no choice. Combined with his poor on the field performance in 2016, the DUI was the final straw.
Some have asked would the Cardinals have made the same decision if Floyd was having a career-year. Based on what I know about Michael Bidwill and the organization, yes I believe the same move would have been made based on his arrest.
The Cardinals have spent a long time trying to improve their on-field persona. They can’t let a public relations nightmare derail that, especially in a down year for the team record-wise.
Look how fast the Cardinals distanced themselves from the likes of Jonathan Dwyer, the running back who was arrested after a domestic abuse event. There is also Daryl Washington, a name I prefer to never discuss. The Cardinals won’t talk about him in any context despite his name still appearing on their roster as suspended.
Yes, Floyd has dropped a lot of passes this season. Some were very costly. We all complained about every single one. So when his DUI arrest took place, many immediately wanted him removed.
Does Floyd get released if no DUI? Not for the remainder of the regular season. He wasn’t being cut this week if there was no DUI.
Let’s all though take some time, especially in this holiday season, to wish the very best for Floyd as a person first. He needs to get his life straight. Once that happens, then I hope he does land back on his feet somewhere in the NFL.
I’m not ready to rake a down man over the coals. Not now, not ever. It was just three years ago he had that huge 1,000+ yard receiving season. I didn’t see anyone complaining about him then? So let’s not load on the pile now.
Let’s all hope Floyd gets his help and comes back stronger. Not only stronger as player but more importantly as a person.