The biggest knock against Michael Floyd is that he just hasn’t gotten it done to this point in his career. That’s the code language of “box score scouting isn’t everything, it’s the only thing.”
But Floyd “hasn’t gotten it done” because he’s sharing the field with a target hog in Larry Fitzgerald, while the person that directs the Cardinals offense has also had a long love affair with small speed receivers. I can’t think of a bigger victim of circumstance than Michael Floyd.
Here’s what Floyd has done while sharing the offense with Larry Fitzgerald.
Floyd has actually been pretty good even if he’s been a fantasy football waste.
On lower target volume Floyd has pretty much produced about what Fitz has. If the Cardinals would have thrown to Floyd more and Fitz less, maybe their offense wouldn’t be so bad. Keep in mind that Floyd has done all of this while having the same crappy QBs that lead people to make never-ending annual excuses for Larry Fitzgerald.
The Cardinals just restructured Larry Fitzgerald’s contract such that they’re going to pay him $22 million over the next two seasons. He’s already 31 years old and hasn’t had a 1,000 yard season since 2011.
Meanwhile, they’re apparently trying to trade Michael Floyd, who they have to pay $9 million over the next two seasons and who is six years younger than Fitz.
#azcardinals will listen if a team calls w/interest in trading for WR Michael Floyd. No one has.
— Kent Somers (@kentsomers) May 1, 2015
Some team should offer the Cards a fourth round pick for Floyd, then pay him $9 million over two seasons while the Cards keep working the offensive magic that has put them at the bottom of the league in scoring for the past five years. Sorry, that’s probably a little hyperbolic. I just think it’s hilarious to pay your old receiver who is hogging targets with low efficiency, while you try to trade one of the more efficient pieces in your offense (with apologies to John Brown’s yards/target and Andre Ellington’s yards/carry).