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Extension for Floyd Not a Top Priority
Wednesday, Feb. 24
Arizona general manager Steve Keim told Darren Urban of the Cardinals' official website on Wednesday that Floyd is a “guy we’ll look at addressing.” However, Urban added that Keim said "nothing is imminent."
Floyd recorded over 800 yards receiving for the third straight season in 2015, hauling in 52 catches for 849 yards.
He was a part of Arizona's big trio of receivers that included veteran Larry Fitzgerald and John Brown, both of whom recorded over 1,000 yards receiving. With quarterback Carson Palmer under center, the Cardinals had the second-best passing attack in the NFL last year.
Floyd was also a reliable target in the postseason, catching two touchdowns during Arizona's NFC Divisional Round win over the Green Bay Packers.
The NFL has video showing how Floyd is capable of making a highlight-reel catch:
His play didn't go unnoticed by Keim, either.
“Mike has made tremendous strides, particularly this past year, not only from a skill-set standpoint but from a maturity standpoint,” Keim said. “His work ethic, his passion for the game, I think he took it to another level.”
Floyd might have a better chance of getting a new contract before Fitzgerald, whose contract will also expire at the end of the 2016 season.
At 26 years old, Floyd is entering the prime of his career, while Fitzgerald will be 33 when the new football season starts. The fact that both of them will be looking for new deals does concern Keim.
“Particularly when you see Larry’s contract expires next year, Michael Floyd is on the tender right now, when you look at overall depth moving forward, there are some questions,” Keim said. “Again, you can never have enough good players at a particular position. So if we find a guy we think can help us, we will certainly address that position.”
If problems do surface over the next year with Floyd's or Fitzgerald's contract situation, the Cardinals would still have the 25-year-old Brown signed through 2017 and 23-year-old J.J. Nelson until 2018, per Spotrac.
Brown has the trust of Palmer in the Cardinals offense. He's had over 100 targets in each of his first two NFL seasons, which was more than Floyd.
According to Urban, head coach Bruce Arians wants to see Nelson on the field more during his second year in the league. Nelson averaged 27.2 yards per catch in 2015, which shows he has some big-play capabilities.
But if the Cardinals want to keep together a dangerous passing attack, they should do everything they can to bring back Floyd. The more reliable hands available for Palmer, the more likely it is the Cardinals will keep a successful offense.
Stats courtesy of Pro-Football-Reference.com.