With his contract set to expire at the end of the season, Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Michael Floyd wasn't likely to return to the organization in 2017.
Following a driving under the influence arrest that took place early Monday morning in Scottsdale, Floyd's career with the Cardinals came to an ending sooner than expected, as Arizona announced it released Floyd early Wednesday afternoon.
The former first round draft pick out of Notre Dame set career lows with 33 receptions and 446 receiving yards in 2017, and never overcame early season struggles with dropped passes to re-emerge as a primary option for the Cardinals in the passing game.
After suffering a 26-23 defeat in Miami on Sunday afternoon that likely ended the Cardinals' playoff hopes, Floyd was reportedly arrested with a DUI charge in the early hours of the morning on Monday in Scottsdale.
Floyd was the Cardinals' first round draft pick in 2012 and considered by many at the time to be the heir apparent to Larry Fitzgerald, but with Fitzgerald's re-emergence over the past few seasons under head coach Bruce Arians, Floyd failed to live up to expectations.
As the Cardinals' No. 2 receiver, Floyd's best season came in 2013 when he nabbed a career-high 65 catches for 1,041 yards, but Floyd failed to catch more than 52 passes in each of the next three seasons.
This year, early season struggles with critical dropped passes coupled with nagging injuries led to a decline in Floyd's play, and Arizona's offense suffered as a result. Without a true No. 2 receiving option, running back David Johnson has emerged as quarterback Carson Palmer's primary target after Fitzgerald on offense.
Floyd's arrest on Monday morning marked the second time he's been charged with a DUI, the first coming during his college days at Notre Dame.
With Floyd out of the picture for the team's final three games, Arizona elected to sign wide receiver Jeremy Ross to take his place. With an open roster spot following the Cardinals' decision to place three players on injured reserve on Tuesday, Arizona elevated offensive tackle Givens Price from the practice squad to the active roster.
Ross has played in 49 career games, including four this season with the New York Jets, and has 39 receptions, 469 receiving yards and two touchdowns during his career. Ross played his college ball at California and entered the league as an undrafted free agent with the New England Patriots in 2011.
Price has spent the entire 2016 season on the Cardinals' practice squad and will add depth to an offensive line that lost tackle Ulrick John for the season due to a shoulder injury suffered Sunday in Miami. Price spent the first three seasons of his college career at offensive tackle before switching to the defensive side of the ball during his final year with the Nebraska Cornhuskers.
With additional spots on the practice squad opening up this week, the Cardinals added tackle Aaron Epps and wide receiver Marvin Hall to the team's practice squad. Epps played at Louisville while Hall played at Washington, and both are first-year players.null