Lost in the amazing comeback that the Patriots had in Super Bowl LI against the Falcons was the story of their wide receiver Michael Floyd.
Floyd played the first four years of his career, and 13 games in 2016 with the Arizona Cardinals. On December 14, the Cardinals cut Floyd because of his arrest on suspicion of DUI. Floyd was charged with one count of obstructing a roadway and failure to obey a police officer, along with two counts of DUI.
Two days after being arrested, and one day after being released, the Patriots picked him up off of waivers.
He didn’t play in the AFC Championship or the Super Bowl, and earned more than $1.2 million for his time with the team. Floyd tweeted the following after winning the Super Bowl with the Patriots:
In the replies to the tweet, many people criticized Floyd and felt that he shouldn’t have received a ring. He was on the Patriots because of a DUI arrest, and hadn’t done much in their championship run. In the two regular season games that he did play in for New England, Floyd started one, had six targets, and four catches for 42 yard and one score.
When Floyd came to the realization that people weren’t happy for him because of how he arrived in New England, he brushed it off.
Damn I just realized ppl are really mad that I got a ring. I thought everyone would be happy for me. Oh well. I’m a champion!!
Along with last week’s release of fellow inside linebacker Brad Jones, the team has added over $7 million in cap space. Those resources will come in handy when the team negotiates with soon-to-be free agents Randall Cobb and Bryan Bulaga.