Patriots claim former Cardinals WR Michael Floyd off waivers

Patriots claim former Cardinals WR Michael Floyd off waivers

The Patriots have added depth to their receiving corps by claiming former Cardinals receiver Michael Floyd off waivers on Thursday, Patriots Insider Tom E. Curran has confirmed. 


The news of Floyd's acquisition by the Patriots was first reported by ESPN's Field Yates. 

Floyd was found passed out in his car Monday and received a DUI, prompting the Cardinals to waive him on Wednesday. A first-round pick in 2012, the 6-foot-3, 220-pound Floyd has reeled in 242 passes for 3,739 yards and 23 touchdowns over the course of his five seasons in the league.

At his best Floyd has shown the ability to be a big-play threat, averaging 15.5 yards per catch over the course of his career. In 2014, per Pro Football Focus, he ranked second in the league in yards-per-catch (18.0) among receivers who played at least 50 percent of their team's offensive snaps. He's also used his frame to his advantage as an effective blocker on the outside. 

This season, Floyd has 33 catches for 446 yards and four touchowns on 70 targets. He'll provide the Patriots depth at a position where that has been lacking for much of the season, joining Julian Edelman, Chris Hogan and Malcolm Mitchell on the depth chart. Danny Amendola also remains on the active roster, though he's dealing with an ankle issue that could keep him out for the remainder of the regular season. 

Against the Ravens on Monday night, the Patriots -- who have leaned heavily upon their three receiver sets with Rob Gronkowski on season-ending injured reserve -- used sub backs James White and Dion Lewis split out wide or in the slot to help supplement the team's numbers at receiver. Special teams captain Matthew Slater can also serve in a receiver's capacity in an emergency situation.

Floyd, who played under former Patriots offensive coordinator Charlie Weis at Notre Dame, arrives to New England with a steep price tag. The Patriots will be forced to pick up $1.29 million of the wideout's $7.32 million guaranteed salary for this season. The cost of claiming Floyd may have been the reason that, according to's Albert Breer, New England was the only team willing to claim. Even after the claim, the Patriots still have $6.36 million in available cap space that will carry over to 2017 if not used. 

Floyd is scheduled to become a free agent after this season, and should he sign elsewhere, he would factor into the compensatory pick formula for the Patriots, perhaps landing them a future draft pick. 

For all his flaws, Floyd's addition gives the Patriots a body at a spot where they've been in need for much of the season. To have a first-round talent at said spot become available at this stage of the season was clearly too enticing an opportunity for Bill Belichick and his front office to pass on.

What are the Patriots getting in Cordarrelle Patterson?

What are the Patriots getting in Cordarrelle Patterson?

The Patriots have made a trade with the Raiders to acquire receiver and special teamer Cordarrelle Patterson, according to a source. The deal, first reported by Pardon My Take, is an interesting one because it lands Patterson with the team that passed on the opportunity to draft him back in 2013. 


Bill Belichick dealt the No. 29 overall pick to the Vikings that year in exchange for four selections, including a second-rounder and a third-rounder. The second-rounder became Jamie Collins, and the third became Logan Ryan. The Patriots also took Josh Boyce with a fourth they received in the trade, and the fourth pick (a seventh) was traded to Tampa Bay in exchange for LeGarrette Blount. The Vikings took Patterson. 

Patterson's career to this point has been a mixed bag. One of the top athletes in the 2013 draft, the Tennessee product never quite panned out as a go-to No. 1 receiver. He has not missed a game in five seasons, but he has never cracked 600 offensive snaps in a single season. The 6-foot-2, 220-pounder has turned himself into more of a gadget receiver as well as one of the game's best special teamers. 

Here's what the Patriots are getting in Patterson . . . 

TOP-TIER SPECIAL TEAMER: Patterson has solidified himself as one of the NFL's best kick-returners. In five seasons, he's ranked as the top returner in terms of average yards per return three times. He's never been outside of the top 10 in the league in that category. Last year he was sixth in the NFL with a 28.3 yards per return average. Patterson has also become a highly-effective gunner on punt units, a role he thrived in once he embraced it, and he has kick coverage experience. Patterson has not been a punt-returner. He has just one punt return under his belt compared to 153 kick returns. Patterson has been named a First-Team All-Pro twice for his work in the kicking game. 

INCONSISTENT RECEIVER: Patterson has never been able to take his explosiveness and translate that into consistent production offensively. He's not thought of as a precise route-runner, and he has a reputation as a "body-catcher." Yet, because he's so dynamic with the ball in his hands, offenses in Oakland and Minnesota have found ways to get the ball in his hands. He'll align in the backfield, take reverses and catch screens just to try to get him the ball in space where he can let his natural abilities take over. If he gets a crease, he can create a chunk play in a blink. 

THE COST: Patterson is in the second year of a two-year deal he signed with the Raiders last offseason. He has a base salary of $3 million and a cap hit of $3.25 million. The Patriots will be sending a fifth-rounder to the Raiders and getting a sixth-rounder back. (As an aside . . . The Patriots have used one fifth-round pick in the last six drafts. It was spent on long-snapper Joe Cardona. Why are they constantly dealing fifths away? Inside the Pylon's Dave Archibald did an interesting piece on that topic about a year and a half ago. The gist is that a) there's a significant drop-off in your chances of finding a star in the fifth compared to the fourth, and b) the talent in the fifth round, by some metrics, hasn't proven to be all that different from the sixth or seventh rounds.) 

THE FIT: Patterson is a relatively low-risk acquisition because of his cap hit (which on the Patriots slots him in between Shea McClellin and Chris Hogan) and because of the draft capital required to nab him. Trading for a player like Patterson as opposed to signing another team's free agent has the added benefit of not impacting the compensatory-pick formula. Patterson also fills a few needs. His abilities as a kick-returner will be more than suitable with last year's primary kick returner for the Patriots, Dion Lewis, out of the mix. What Patterson can do as a gunner and in kick coverage will also be useful with Johnson Bademosi now elsewhere. There's also a chance Matthew Slater plays in a different city in 2017, in which case Patterson's contributions as a gunner and in kick coverage could be critical. With Brandin Cooks, Julian Edelman and Hogan all established in the Patriots offense, Patterson won't be expected to take on a heavy role in the Patriots offense. However, if he can pick up a new system, perhaps he could take on a role as a No. 4 or 5 wideout who benefits from plays designed to get him touches in space. Malcolm Mitchell, Phillip Dorsett and Kenny Britt -- now alongside Patterson -- will all be competing for time in New England's offense. Former Patriots coaching assistant Mike Lombardi seems to believe it's unlikely Patterson contributes offensively


Patriots acquire WR Cordarrelle Patterson in trade with Raiders

Patriots acquire WR Cordarrelle Patterson in trade with Raiders

The Patriots have acquired wide receiver and kick returner Cordarrelle Patterson in a trade with the Raiders, NBC Sports Boston's Phil Perry confirms.

Pardon My Take, a podcast by Barstool Sports, first reported the news.

Ian Rapaport of NFL Network reports the Patriots sent a fifth-round pick to Oakland and received a Raiders' sixth-rounder along with Patterson.

More to come...