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Vikings sign WR Michael Floyd after compensatory pick deadline passes

Minnesota added a target to a young receiving corps, but the 5-year veteran faced jail time earlier this year.

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The compensatory pick deadline changes all sorts of things for NFL teams. Once the first few weeks of free agency conclude, teams will often wait for that deadline to bring veteran free agents into the fold to avoid having those players count against the comp pick equation.

One of the first shoes to drop in this next phase of free agency has done so, and it involves one of the Green Bay Packers’ divisional rivals.

According to Ian Rapoport of, the Minnesota Vikings are signing wide receiver Michael Floyd to a new contract.

Floyd, a five-year veteran, spent almost all of his career with the Arizona Cardinals before the released him last December following a DUI arrest. He reportedly served 24 days of a 120-day jail sentence behind bars, with the remainder of that sentence to be served under house arrest.

Floyd has had good performances in all three career games he has played against the Packers. As a rookie in 2012, he caught five of seven passes for 80 yards, then in 2015 racked up 111 yards on six receptions in week 16. He only caught three passes for 26 yards in the Cardinals’ 2015 divisional playoff victory over Green Bay, but two of those catches went for touchdowns.

Floyd will compete for playing time in Minnesota with a group of receivers that includes Stefon Diggs, Adam Thielen, Laquon Treadewll, and Jarius Wright. The Vikings also drafted Rodney Adams and Stacy Coley on day three of this year’s draft, in addition to selecting Moritz Boehringer in round six last season.