The Vikings are signing Michael Floyd to a one-year deal, according to Ian Rapoport.
It was reported last week that Minnesota was talking to Floyd. After the wheels fell off and he was released by the Cardinals during last season for an extreme DUI, Floyd was a member of the Patriots' Super Bowl team, although inactive for the big game. Now, he'll add to a good Vikings receiving corps that includes Stefon Diggs, Adam Thielen, and Laquon Treadwell. Floyd will likely compete with Treadwell for a starting job on the team, but they should all get considerable playing time. The main concern for the Vikings is giving Sam Bradford time to hit these receivers. Floyd has some upside as a former 1,000-yard receiver that averages 15.4 yards per catch in his career. The deal can be worth up to $6 million, according to Rapoport, but the base salary is about $1.5 million. Floyd is from Minnesota, so this is a homecoming for him.
Johnny Manziel still hopes to play in the NFL again.
Manziel was at the National Fantasy Football Convention and said he's "had a couple conversations" with teams about playing again, according to Joe Machota of the Dallas News; one of those conversations could have been with New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton, whom he talked to during the week of the Super Bowl. Manziel said "I know the situation that I put myself in. I know the year I took off and obviously the mistakes I made," adding that he's "really hopeful" and will be ready if given another opportunity. The former Heisman winner realizing and taking responsibility for his mistakes is a great step in the right direction. Manziel has a lot of ability—as he showed in his limited NFL action with the Browns—but it's unclear whether he'll get another chance in the league.
Carson Palmer is happy with Andre Ellington's transition to wide receiver.
Back in 2013 when Ellington was a rookie, Palmer said if Ellington dedicated to being a receiver, that he could be a number two receiver for teams. Now that Ellington has switched over to receiver, he's making progress. Palmer also noted that Ellington can run good routes, but then when he gets the ball in his hands "he's a running back." The Cardinals have a crowded receiving group, which may prevent Ellington from being a good fantasy option in 2017, but he should be a key contributor for the team.
Jim Wyatt of the Titans' official site believes Rishard Matthews will be starting at receiver this season.
Wyatt "expects" Matthews to start, with fifth overall pick Corey Davis and veteran free agent addition Eric Decker also playing a lot. Wyatt also warns "don't sleep" on third round pick Taywan Taylor, "who looked great during the offseason." Matthews stepped up big-time last season for Marcus Mariota, catching 65 passes for 945 yards and nine touchdowns—he's almost certain to start in three receiver sets, at least. Second-year receiver Tajae Sharpe is also in the mix, and they all are likely to get some playing time. Right now, Corey Davis might offer the highest upside of the group, but Matthews and Decker could both be very good fantasy options in 2017.
Free agent running back Christine Michael visited the Patriots, according to Field Yates.
The Patriots are stacked at running back, but gave Michael a visit. It's probably unlikely he's signed by New England unless an injury occurs to one of their current running backs. Michael is a very talented player, and he should get signed by someone at some point.
Michael Floyd has been suspended four games by the NFL, according to Field Yates.
The NFL is handing down the penalties today. Floyd's suspension stems from his extreme DUI last year. He was facing a suspension, but four games is longer than most anticipated, and it's likely his failed alcohol test (from kombucha tea, he claims) contributed to the four games. If Floyd performs well in the preseason and training camp, he should be able to stick around on the roster despite missing four games. However, head coach Mike Zimmer recently said if he finds out Floyd was lying about the kombucha tea causing the failed test that Floyd would be cut. Bottom line: a four-game ban can't help Floyd's chances of making the team. He'll try to make the team and then come back after four games to contribute in Week 5.
Tyler Lockett appears to be participating in Seahawks activities.
The Seahawks tweeted out a picture of Lockett catching a pass, and he looked to be practicing like normal. There's been no official word, but the thought was to get Lockett ready for training camp and OTAs would be a plus. It's looking like Lockett is good and going, which is great to see. He'll be Russell Wilson's primary deep threat this season.
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