This past Sunday night after the Arizona Cardinals fell to the Miami Dolphins 26-23 on the road, wide receiver Michael Floyd was arrested for a DUI early Monday morning in Arizona. On Wednesday, the Cardinals cut the wideout.
We have cut WR Michael Floyd.
— Arizona Cardinals (@AZCardinals) December 14, 2016
Floyd was scheduled to be a free agent at the end of the season, but it looks like Arizona wanted to speed things up. In an article on their website, the team says the two reasons for Floyd’s release were the DUI (obviously) and his poor play.
Michael Floyd was three weeks away from FA and wasn’t staying in Arizona. This isn’t some strong stance against misbehavior by them.
— Bill Barnwell (@billbarnwell) December 14, 2016
#AZCardinals president Michael Bidwill is the chairman of the NFL's conduct committee. He is making a statement by cutting Michael Floyd
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) December 14, 2016
I applaud Loudly the Cardinals decision to cut Michael Floyd.
— John Gambadoro (@Gambo987) December 14, 2016
During the 2015 season, Floyd played in 15 of the Cardinals’ 16 games, racking up 849 yards and six touchdowns. In just 13 games in 2016, Floyd only recorded 446 yards and four touchdowns.
The Cardinals have replaced Floyd on the roster by signing wide receiver veteran Jeremy Ross, who played for the New York Jets earlier this season.
Floyd was originally drafted by Arizona out of Notre Dame with the 13th overall pick in the 2012 NFL Draft. His second season in the league in 2013, Floyd racked up a career high 1,041 yards. Also in 2015, he tallied five 100-yard games in the second half.
Cardinals’ head coach Bruce Arians is reportedly going to discuss the decision to cut Floyd at the end of Wednesday’s practice. Right after the DUI went public, Arians said he was disappointed in the wide receiver.
“Really nothing other than how disappointed I am in Mike,” Arians told reporters. “It set a bad example for those young fans out there. We talk about don’t be ‘The Guy.’”
Arizona will host the New Orleans Saints this Sunday in Phoenix.