Floyd was released by the Arizona Cardinals in December after a DUI arrest and was sentenced in February to 120 days in jail, 24 of which was to be served in Maricopa County with the remaining 96 to be served under house arrest.
But the Vikings say his he has “learned and grown” and offered him the support of the organization.
“Coach [Mike] Zimmer and I are confident Michael Floyd has learned and grown from his past decisions. He has accepted full responsibility and is taking encouraging steps to improve,” General Manager Rick Spielman said in a statement released to announce the signing. “We have offered Michael the full support and assistance of the Minnesota Vikings organization and our player development programs. We are aware that Michael is subject to discipline from the NFL and will work with both him and the NFL in a professional manner. We are excited to have Michael and believe he can be a productive member of our football team and community.”
Likewise, Floyd said he has learned from his mistakes.
“I am very excited to come home and play for the Minnesota Vikings. I have been training extremely hard this offseason in addition to taking responsibility and paying the consequences for my mistake,” Floyd said in a statement. “Although I cannot change my past decisions, I have definitely learned from this experience and look forward to making valuable contributions to the Vikings organization and the Minnesota community, both as a player and a person. Time to go to work.”
But Floyd won’t be able to join the Vikings until training camp since he won’t be done serving his home confinement in Arizona until just after the Vikings complete their minicamp, the final step in their offseason program before taking about five week off prior to training camp.
According to NFL Network, Floyd’s one-year deal with the Vikings is worth $1.5 million with incentives that could raise it to as much as $6 million.
The 6-foot-2, 220-pound receiver was a first-round pick of the Cardinals in 2012, 13th overall. In his six-year career, he has started 47 games, catching 246 passes for 3,781 yards and 24 touchdowns. After his release from the Cardinals, he signed with the New England Patriots in December and played two games for them, although he was inactive for their Super Bowl win.
He has averaged 15.4 yards per reception over his five-year career and is expected to offer the Vikings a deep threat in the passing game.
Before playing his college ball for Notre Dame, Floyd attended Cretin-Derham Hall High School in St. Paul, where he was named the Minnesota Gatorade Player of the Year on two occasions.
By waiting until after May 9 to sign him, the Vikings could do so without hurting their chances to get a compensatory pick in next year’s draft.
The Vikings released undrafted rookie Nick Fett, an offensive tackle from Iowa State, to make room for Floyd.