FOX Sports North breaks down what the signing means for Michael Floyd and the Minnesota Vikings receiving corps.
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A wide receiver comes to Minnesota with off-the-field baggage in search of another chance. Sound familiar? If so, it's because Hall of Famer Cris Carter did the same back in 1990. Carter was released from the Philadelphia Eagles because of alcohol and drug problems, but he turned his career (and life) around and spent 13 successful seasons in Minnesota. Floyd arrives at Winter Park looking for another chance after a forgettable 2016 in which his production was way down and an extreme DUI arrest prompted Arizona to cut him. Vikings fans can't expect Carter-like numbers from Floyd, but a cheap one-year deal makes the 27-year-old a risk worth taking. That being said, Floyd is not a guarantee to make the roster. Carter definitely supports the comparison, and stumped for Floyd on Twitter after the news came down.
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Diggs might be the biggest beneficiary of the signing. He has proven himself to be the undisputed No. 1 option in the Vikings passing game (when healthy), so Floyd's presence on the field helps open things up. Floyd is a downfield threat, averaging 16.0 yards per catch in each season from 2013-15, including 17.9 in 2014. Another deep threat can only aid Diggs' shorter routes out of the slot, as the 23-year-old looks for his first career 1,000-yard season in 2017.
Thielen officially graduated from being the Vikings' cutest story to a being a legitimate big-play threat in 2016. Thielen led the team with 967 receiving yards, in big part because of his ability to haul in any pass that touches his hands. The Minnesota State-Mankato product was rewarded with a big contract extension in the offseason which gave him nearly $10 million fully guaranteed. Similar to Diggs, having another (potential) playmaker in Floyd on the field should open up more opportunities for Thielen to snap up those highlight-reel catches.
Uh-oh. That sound you hear, Laquon, is an alarm going off. Consider this a wakeup call. Treadwell's rookie campaign was quiet, to say the least. He tied with quarterback Sam Bradford in receptions -- yes, receptions -- with one. Floyd's presence in the offense puts even more pressure on Minnesota's 2016 first-round pick to have a productive year. If Treadwell doesn't bounce back this season, it's unlikely that he'll get another shot down the road with the Vikings' receiving corps suddenly looking a little crowded.
Will Minnesota keep five or six wide receivers? New additions Rodney Adams (fifth round) and Stacy Coley (seventh round) could be left out in the cold. On both of their sides, however, is the Vikings' need for a kick returner now that Cordarrelle Patterson is playing for the Oakland Raiders. Adams and Coley proved to be reliable returners in college. Does this mean only one of them can make the roster? Or is Jarius Wright the one pushed out?
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Wright took a back seat to Thielen in 2016. Now that Floyd's in town, the writing may already be on the wall for the sixth-year receiver. When Wright's in the game he's a solid receiver with steady hands and usually can do what is asked of him, but that seems to be his ceiling. The Vikings will need to decide if they want a solid veteran with a low ceiling or two raw rookies with unknown potential and flash.
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Everyone's favorite German wideout (shout out to the Schwäbisch Hall Unicorns) is now an even longer shot to make the team (if that's possible, especially after Minnesota took two receivers in the draft). Hey, he still has practice squad eligibility but he'd need to be cut and pass through waivers to get him there. Would New Orleans head coach Sean Payton reunite him with Adrian Peterson, whose YouTube videos inspired MoBo to pick up football in the first place?