When the Minnesota Vikings signed free agent receiver Michael Floyd, he was serving 96 days under house arrest as part of his sentence for DUI on Dec. 12. That was being served in Arizona, where Floyd played for nearly five years before the Cardinals released him.
On Wednesday, Floyd found out that he will be able to serve the rest of his sentence in Minnesota, thereby allowing him to practice with the Vikings as organized team activities start next Tuesday. It will allow the receiver to more quickly learn the Vikings offense and spend time on the field with quarterback Sam Bradford.
Floyd had already spent 24 days in jail in Arizona as part of his sentence.
The 6-foot-2, 220-pound receiver was a first-round pick of the Cardinals in 2012, 13th overall.
In his five-year career, he has started 47 games, catching 246 passes for 3,781 yards and 24 touchdowns. After the Cardinals released Floyd following his arrest in December, he played in the final two games for New England, but had been an unrestricted free agent since March looking for work. He was inactive for the Patriots’ Super Bowl win in February.
The Vikings signed Floyd to a one-year, $1.5 million deal on May 10, but the contract could reach as high as $6 million with incentives. However, he could be facing a suspension from the NFL to start the season because of his arrest.