Michael Floyd Released by Cardinals

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Cardinals receiver Michael Floyd was released by the team on Wednesday.

The writing was on the wall. Cardinals receiver Michael Floyd was set to be a free agent after this season already, so there was no guarantee he’d return. He was also in the midst of a season that hasn’t gone so well. Then, he was charged with DUI earlier in the week, and camel’s back was broken. On Wednesday, Floyd was released by the team.

Floyd, until this year, has been a star-in-waiting. From 2013 through 2015, he averaged 55 receptions, 910 yards, and six touchdowns. This was despite the fact that Larry Fitzgerald was still the go-to receiver. This season, he has had a number of big drops, and has totaled just 33 catches for 446 yards, putting him on pace for his worst season since his rookie year.

Earlier this week, Floyd was discovered asleep behind the wheel of his car, and he was charged with DUI. This seemed to be the final straw for the Cardinals, who will move on from the talented, but frustrating player. Jeremy Ross was signed by the team to replace Floyd’s roster spot. As for Floyd, his talent will likely get him an eventual spot with another team.

The Cardinals will rely even more on JJ Nelson for the last three games of the season. He hasn’t had a lot of receptions, but he has scored in each of the last two games. They’ll likely address the receiver position in some manner this offseason.