From: NORTHERN MINNESOTA
Michael Floyd to join Vikings for spring drills after home confinement transferred
Wide receiver Michael Floyd has had his home confinement sentence transferred to Minnesota and will begin practicing next week with the Vikings.
A source said Wednesday the former Cretin-Derham High School star, signed last week by the Vikings, will arrive in Minnesota on Friday in preparation for his offseason work with the team.
While with the Arizona Cardinals, Floyd pleaded guilty in February to extreme DUI and spent 24 days in jail for an incident last December in Arizona. He was released March 10, and then began a three-month period of home confinement that runs until June.
Floyd’s sentence doesn’t end until June 17. However, he was able to have it transferred to Minnesota and will participate in the Vikings’ offseason drills, which is considered work. He will have to return to his residence when not training with the Vikings.
The Vikings begin their first of three sessions of organized team activities next Tuesday. They will have a mandatory minicamp from June 13-15.
Mike Scanlan, Floyd’s coach at Cretin-Derham, believes it will help the wide receiver getting to Minnesota as early as possible.
“I think being kind of close to his roots and to his family and friends, it’s got to help and got to work to his advantage,” Scanlan said.
Floyd, who played at Notre Dame, was with the Cardinals from 2012 until his release following the December arrest. He was found asleep in the driver’s seat of his vehicle in Scottsdale, Ariz., while stopped at a traffic signal with the automobile running. He had a blood-alcohol level of .217.
Floyd finished last season with New England after being claimed on waivers. The Patriots won the Super Bowl, but Floyd was inactive for the game.
After becoming a free agent in March, Floyd two months later signed a one-year, $1.5 million contract with the Vikings that could be worth as much as $6 million with incentives.
Scanlan is excited to have Floyd back in Minnesota but wishes it could have happened with a different scenario.
“I wish the path that he ended up on was different, his circumstances that brought him back to Minnesota,” Scanlan said. “I wish, and I’m sure he does, that it was different, but it’s not. It is what it is.”
News of Floyd’s sentence being transferred was first reported by KSTP-TV.