The Arizona Cardinals have cut wide receiver Michael Floyd two days after being arrested on a DUI charge, the team announced Wednesday.
The former first-round pick was in the final year of his contract, and was unlikely to return to the team this offseason based on his play. Police stated that Floyd was found unconscious behind the wheel of his vehicle on Monday morning.
It’s not the first time the talented wide receiver has had alcohol related incidents with the law in the past, as he was arrested on a DUI charge in his junior year at Notre Dame in March of 2011.
“I understand the gravity of the decision I made and how it could have had catastrophic effects on myself and others,” Floyd said in a statement following his 2011 arrest, via ESPN. “I absolutely recognize that I have many things to work on to become a better person and will need to regain the trust of all whom I have hurt within my immediate family and the Notre Dame family. I fully intend to spend the immediate future improving myself to become a better member of our community.”
The 6-foot-2, 220-pound receiver will likely have another opportunity with an NFL franchise, but will have to prove he is committed to staying out of trouble off field. Floyd could have vastly improved his chances of a big payday this offseason, but poor play and an off field arrest clearly made him expendable in Arizona.
Floyd had caught 33 passes for 446 yards and scored four touchdowns in 13 games, and the team has since signed veteran journeyman wide receiver Jeremy Ross to fill his spot on the franchise’s 53-man roster.