It doesn’t appear Michael Floyd will be returning to the Patriots next season. (Reinhold Matay/USA Today Sports)
Judging by what Michael Floyd said during Super Bowl week he would like to return to New England next season, but with him being a free agent, it isn’t completely up to him.
The Patriots would need to offer him a contract.
“I hope to be back in Foxboro,” Floyd said the week of the Super Bowl. “I love it here. I hope that I can make that happen, for sure.”
Added Floyd: “I have no idea how that process works. I haven’t experienced it, but I’m sure it’s exciting and I can’t wait. I hope I’m here.”
As it stands now, the Patriots have Julian Edelman, Chris Hogan, Malcolm Mitchell and Danny Amendola under contract for next season as receivers. It is worth noting Amendola has a cap hit of close to $8 million and if he returns, he will do so with a new contract.
So, is there room for Floyd?
The short answer may be no. With those players, the only player under the age of 28 is Mitchell, who was a rookie this past season. The Patriots need to try and get younger at the position and because of that, Floyd might not be the best option. While the team doesn’t necessarily need to draft a receiver, they should make an attempt to get a younger player in the mix.
Floyd was claimed by the Patriots on December 15, a day after being released by the Cardinals following a DUI arrest. He played in two regular season games, with his best being Week 17 against the Dolphins catching three passes and a touchdown, as well as delivering a huge block to spring Edelman for a long touchdown.
He was active for the divisional round with Mitchell out, but then was inactive for the AFC title game and Super Bowl. Floyd and Tom Brady didn’t appear to be on the same page in the divisional round on a few plays. It’s not totally known just how well Floyd picked up the offense in his two months with the team, but did do a good job of simulating Julio Jones in the two weeks leading up to Super Bowl LI.
The 27-year-old isn’t in a position to cash in on a big deal given his year, so he may be best suited to take a one-year, prove it type contract next season. Given the Patriots’ situation at receiver, it may not be best with them.
New England could add another young receiver to have four along with Edelman, Hogan and Mitchell, but then if the Patriots wanted to have five, Amendola would be a better option than Floyd because of his chemistry with Brady and ability to make clutch plays.
While Floyd was never an issue with the Patriots, he may be with another team next season.