Wide Receiver Michael Floyd and Quarterback Blaine Gabbert have both accepted new contracts at new teams for the 2017 NFL season and in doing so have booked themselves a trip each to London for the 2017 NFL London games.
Blaine Gabbert has agreed to a one-year deal with the Arizona Cardinals that will see him on their roster through the 2017 season.
He came into the league via the 2011 NFL draft when he was a 1st round, 10th overall selection by the Jacksonville Jaguars. The Jags actually traded with the Washington Redskins to move up 6 spots to get him as he was highly rated at the time. After a poor showing by the other Jaguars’ quarterbacks, Gabbert got his first start for the team in week 3 of his first season. That season would go on to be one in which he struggled. He was sacked a total of 40 times and fumbled 14 times – a league record. His rookie season is actually one of the worst ever recorded.
His following two seasons in Jacksonville flashed some potential but were ultimately marred by injuries and would finally see him traded to the San Francisco 49ers for a 6th round draft pick.
Blaine Gabbert has, basically, under-achieved since his 10th overall selection and he can’t say that he hasn’t been given the chances to succeed. He was handed the starting jobs in both Jacksonville and San Francisco but failed to live up to his billing. He was even benched in favour of the controversial Colin Kaepernick in San Francisco whilst he was championing his sitting through the anthem protest. Colin Kaepernick himself is still a free agent and I doubt that anyone will touch him again so to be benched in favour of him doesn’t look good on your CV.
Don’t expect to see Gabbert play in the Twickenham NFL London 2017 game when the Arizona Cardinals take on the LA Rams unless Carson Palmer is injured.
Another player to move teams is Wide Receiver, Michael Floyd. He too was a 1st round draft choice but this time in the 2012 NFL draft by the Arizona Cardinals. He was taken 13th overall after a very good college career at Notre Dame.
The best of his 5 seasons with the Cardinals was probably his second in 2013 when he recorded his most game starts (16), receptions (65), yards (1,041) and his second most touchdowns in a season (5).
After going off the rails a bit in 2016, Floyd was arrested for drink-driving which resulted in the Arizona Cardinals releasing him from the team. He was picked up the following day by the New England Patriots and would be on their roster as they went on to win Super Bowl LI – he made a total of 5 receptions with 1TD in just 5 games played with the Pats.
On the same day that Blaine Gabbert signed with the Cardinals, Floyd agreed to a 1-year $1.5 million deal with his hometown team, the Minnesota Vikings. The Vikings play the Cleveland Browns at Twickenham Stadium on Sunday, 29th October with a 2:30pm kickoff.
Unlike Gabbert, I believe that Floyd still has the chance to be a starter in the NFL and we should see him play in the Vikings’ London game if he’s up for taking his football seriously and he can stay out of jail. Hopefully, with him moving to his hometown team, he will put in the effort required to get his career back on track.
He’s certainly saying the right things as his statement upon signing with the Vikings shows:
“I am very excited to come home and play for the Vikings. I have been training extremely hard this offseason in addition to taking responsibility and paying the consequences for my mistake. Although I cannot change my past decisions, I have definitely learned from this experience and look forward to making valuable contributions to the Vikings organization and the Minnesota community, both as a player and a person.”
Michael Floyd joins a Wide Receiver’s unit consisting of Stefon Diggs, Laquon Treadwell and Adam Thielen, so he’ll face competion for a starting job. The Vikings have added a good target for QB Sam Bradford, though, in Floyd so it makes sense on paper.
What do you think of these signings? Do you think Floyd will do well in Minnesota or is he just there for another payday before his career fizzles out completely? What about Gabbert, is he anything other than a career backup? As usual, let us know in the comments below.