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Ravens Sign WR Michael Floyd

The Ravens will sign wide receiver Michael Floyd to a one-year deal, according to Ian Rapoport of NFL.com (on Twitter). Floyd, who was once a standout in the Cardinals’ offense, spent last season with the Redskins.

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Floyd didn’t see a whole lot of action with Washington, making just three starts and notching only ten catches for 100 yards. But, he has three 800-plus-yard receiving seasons on his resume dating back to his time in Arizona.

Floyd’s best season came in 2013 when he hauled in 65 grabs for 1,041 yards and five touchdowns. He following that up with a solid 47/841/6 showing in 2014 and averaged a career-high 17.9 yards per grab, a number that was topped only DeSean Jackson.

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Redskins To Add Michael Floyd

The Monday workout that led to Breshad Perriman earning a Redskins contract also produced another offer, and Michael Floyd will be another new wideout coming to Washington full-time.

Floyd will sign with the Redskins, according to NFL.com’s Ian Rapoport (on Twitter), and join Perriman in adding to the team’s fluid receiving corps.

Perriman, Floyd and Kendall Wright were among the notable receivers to audition for Washington on Monday morning. Floyd, who has three 800-plus-yard receiving seasons on his resume, will follow Perriman as a likely depth piece for the reeling Redskins.

Washington placed rookies Cam Sims and Trey Quinn on IR, along with second-year man Robert Davis. And Paul Richardson entered Week 2 with a questionable designation because of a shoulder injury.

Floyd was most recently with the Saints, who signed him late in the offseason and cut him after the preseason slate. He has not played a regular role on a team since the Cardinals cut him in 2016 after an off-field incident. The former first-round pick did post three 800-plus-yard seasons, but those came from 2013-15. He caught 10 passes for 78 yards with the Vikings last season.

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Redskins Work Out Paxton Lynch, WRs

While Breshad Perriman‘s Monday workout was enough to land him a Redskins contract, the team brought in several notable free agents for visits as it begins Week 3 preparations.

Paxton Lynch‘s workout tour continued with a trip to Washington, and Ian Rapoport of NFL.com tweets Kendall Wright and Michael Floyd were also part of the contingent to audition for the Redskins.

The Redskins mark the fourth team Lynch has auditioned for, following the Bills, Lions and Eagles. Washington is carrying just two quarterbacks — Alex Smith and Colt McCoy — on its active roster and doesn’t have any on its practice squad. Lynch still has P-squad eligibility. The 24-year-old quarterback could not come close to justifying his draft status in Denver, but other teams continue to kick the tires on the once-highly regarded prospect.

Wright and Floyd saw the Vikings and Saints, respectively, deem them preseason cuts. While it’s been a bit since Floyd had a steady gig, Wright led the Bears in receiving last season. Washington signed Perriman on Monday afternoon, making him its latest wideout addition this season.

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Saints Announce Roster Moves

The Saints have made the following transactions as they move their roster to 53 players:

Waived:

Waived/injured:

Released:

Placed on injured reserve:

Placed on suspended list:

Saints Cut WR Michael Floyd, Others

Michael Floyd and Brandon Tate both signed with the Saints late in the offseason. Each received notice of a Friday release.

The Saints cut Floyd, along with offensive linemen Don Barclay and Andrew Tiller and former second-round linebacker Hau’oli Kikaha (all Twitter links via Nick Underhill of The Advocate). They are also parting ways with edge defender Jayrone Elliott, per Josh Katzenstein of NOLA.com (on Twitter).

Floyd has not been able to recapture his Cardinals form. After three straight 800-plus-yard receiving seasons, he’s combined for barely 100 away from Arizona. He caught 10 passes for 78 yards with the 2017 Vikings.

Tiller started 14 games for the 49ers from 2016-17, and Barclay joined him in signing with the Saints this offseason. Both players came into the league in 2012, Barclay being a former Packers starter.

The longest-tenured Saints linebacker going into Friday, Kikaha came off the 2015 draft board at No. 44 but saw the team revamp its linebacker room via free agency over the past few years. They signed Demario Davis this offseason. The Saints, who deployed Kikaha as an 11-game starter in 2015, have now parted ways with two of their top three 2015 picks — Stephone Anthony and Kikaha. New Orleans picked up 2015 first-rounder Andrus Peat‘s fifth-year option earlier this year.

 

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Saints Sign WR Michael Floyd

Michael Floyd has found a new home. Nick Underhill of The New Orleans Advocate reports (via Twitter) that the veteran wideout has signed with the Saints.

The embattled wideout spent the 2017 season with the Vikings, hauling in 10 catches for 78 yards in 11 games (one start). While the 28-year-old had expressed interest in sticking around Minnesota, he was only able to garner a single workout with the Ravens back in March.

Floyd broke onto the scene in 2013 with Arizona, compiling 1,041 yards and five touchdowns. However, the former first-rounder’s numbers and role continued to decline over the next few years. Following a 2016 DUI arrest, Floyd was let go by the the Cardinals. He caught on with the Patriots for their 2016 Super Bowl run before landing with Minnesota last offseason.

Michael Thomas is entrenched atop the Saints’ receiver depth chart, while Ted Ginn Jr. and Cameron Meredith are also expected to start. However, Floyd could conceivably battle for snaps with any of the team’s other rostered wideouts, including Brandon ColemanTre’Quan Smith, and Josh Huff (who is suspended for the first two games of the upcoming campaign).

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Ravens Work Out WR Michael Floyd

The Ravens tried out former Vikings wide receiver Michael Floyd, Field Yates of ESPN.com tweets. The Ravens are the first known suitor for Floyd in free agency. 

Late last year, Floyd expressed a desire to return to Minnesota. But, so far, we haven’t heard much on that front.

“I would like to stay here, for sure,” Floyd said in December. “I love this place.” 

Once regarded as the heir apparent to Larry Fitzgerald, Floyd slipped down the depth chart in Arizona. When he was cuffed for a DUI in December of 2016, that proved to be the last straw for the Cardinals. He was claimed off of waivers by the Patriots, but didn’t see much in the way of playing time. Last offseason, he hooked on with Minnesota, but was not much of a factor in their offense.

On the plus side, Floyd says he’s on the straight and narrow.

The partying stopped,” he told Chris Tomasson of the Pioneer Press. “I was going out all the time and having fun. Now, I’m mostly focused on work and hanging out with my teammates. … I go out now, but I don’t drink.”

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NFC Notes: Burton, Foles, Saints, Floyd

Trey Burton has been a quality under-the-radar performer for the Eagles this season and he could find himself with a very robust market entering free agency this offseason, opines Mike Garafolo of NFL.com in a video on Twitter.

Burton, 26, has produced solid numbers as the backup to one of the best tight ends in the game in Zach Ertz. However, the former undrafted free agent has stepped up when Ertz has been banged up. Garafolo notes that Burton has caught three touchdown passes in the last two games, when Ertz has not been 100%.

Coming from the University of Florida, Burton didn’t really have a position entering the draft, but has seemingly found a role as a versatile tight end/receiver in the Philadelphia offensive scheme. The tight end market is not very deep either, with their being a noticeable dip after the likes of Jimmy Graham and Tyler Eifert. Given his recent play, you can expect Burton could be a name that gets more money than you may expect given his relative lack of a track record.

Let’s take a look at more notes throughout the NFC:

  • Nick Foles led the Eagles to victory over the Giants in his first start since Carson Wentz was lost for the season. It was an encouraging performance for the former third round pick, who pondered retirement just two years ago, reports Reuben Frank of NBC Sports Philadelphia. It was after the 2015 season when the quarterback really gave some thought to hanging it up. “Yes, I sat there and talked with my wife,” Foles said. “You go through a lot of emotions. Changing teams, being traded, going there, going through that year, and once I was a free agent, we just sort of sat there and said, ‘Hey what do we want to do?'” Nick Foles eventually decided to stay in the league and was a backup for a season in Kansas City before making his way to the Eagles this past offseason. Foles has a bit of a track record in the league and is looking to continue to build on his rebound story in the playoffs.
  • The Saints lost a few players to injury during their win over the Jets on Sunday afternoon. Guard Larry Warford and tight end Michael Hoomanawanui both were forced to leave the game with concussions, according to Joel Erickson of The New Orleans Advocate. Erickson adds that guard Andrus Peat was also active to start the contest, but was held out because of a groin injury. He was available in an emergency role, with backup guards Senio Kelemete and Josh LeRibeus taken the starting sports when both starting offensive lineman were unable to play. Hopefully all three players will recover fully for the team’s critical Week 16 affair against the Falcons. The game will have major implications to who ultimately will win the ultra-competitive NFC South.
  • Vikings wide receiver Michael Floyd expressed that he is more at peace and hopes to be back in Minnesota next year, in a deep diving piece from Chris Tomasson of the Twin Cities Pioneer Press. “I would like to stay here, for sure,” Floyd said. “I love this place.” While the former Cardinals and Pats wideout has seemingly got his life together, it’s an uphill battle considering the quality depth of the position on the team, which includes Stefon Diggs, Adam Thielen, Laquon Treadwell and Jarius Wright.

Vikings Activate WR Michael Floyd

The Vikings have activated wide receiver Michael Floyd from suspension, the club announced today. In a related move, Minnesota has released running back Stevan Ridley.Michael Floyd (vertical)

Floyd will make his Vikings debut on Monday Night Football when Minnesota faces the division-rival Bears. The Vikings landed Floyd on a one-year deal that contained no guaranteed money, and will give him a chance to rebound to his former heights. Once a receiver who regularly topped 800 yards receiving with the Cardinals, Floyd was charged with extreme DUI and subsequently waived last season.

The Patriots claimed Floyd off waivers, but the 27-year-old didn’t contribute much for New England down the stretch run. Playing time could be hard to come by with the Vikings, as well, as the club already has two established wideouts in Stefon Diggs and Adam Thielen. Floyd could potentially take over as Minnesota’s third receiver, but he’ll face competition from Laquon Treadwell and Jarius Wright.

Ridley, of course, is most well-known for his four-year run with the Patriots, especially his 2012 campaign in which he totaled more than 1,200 yards on the ground and 12 rushing touchdowns. Injuries have sapped much of the now 28-year-old’s value since then, however, and Ridley has become something of a journeyman. He’s been employed by the Jets, Lions, Colts, Falcons, and — most recently — Broncos since 2015.

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Vikings’ 53-Man Roster Set

The Vikings made their mandatory cuts to pare their roster down to the 53-man ceiling. Here are the rearrangements Minnesota made to set its regular-season roster.

Cut:

Placed on IR:

Placed on Reserve/PUP list:

Placed on Reserve/NFI list:

Placed on Reserve/Suspended list: