Larry Fitzgerald announced this month that he will return for a 14th NFL season in 2017. This was two weeks before the NFL announced his Arizona Cardinals would take part in the annual Hall of Fame Game in Canton this August.
Fitzgerald, a typical bastion of positivity and the reigning co-winner of the Walter Payton Man of the Year Award, was unable to contain his disappointment.
Fitzgerald refers to the World Golf Championships-Bridgestone Invitational, which will be held Aug. 2-6 in nearby Akron, Ohio. The Hall of Fame Game will be played on Aug. 3 at Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium. This is the first time the game is being played on Thursday, which should give Fitz plenty of time to enjoy the links.
Floyd originally faced seven charges stemming from his December 12 drunken driving arrest in Scottsdale, Arizona. The Maricopa County District Attorney’s Office dropped six other charges against Floyd as part of a plea deal.
The 27-year-old was given a 120-day sentence, with the first 24 days being served at a county jail facility. He will then serve the final 96 days of the sentence in home confinement, according to the Associated Press. Floyd also must undergo alcohol counseling, perform 30 hours of community service and pay a fine of $5,115.99.
In a statement, NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy wrote: “We have been monitoring developments but have no further comment at this time.” The Patriots did not immediately return a request for comment.
Floyd had a previous arrest for driving under the influence while at Notre Dame in 2011.
The Arizona Cardinals cut the receiver after the arrest. Floyd was claimed by the Patriots days later. He appeared in three games for the Pats, including one playoff tilt. He was inactive for Super Bowl LI.
“There isn’t any position, if we feel we can significantly upgrade that spot, that we won’t either draft a player or sign a player in free agency,” Keim said Friday during an appearance on Arizona Sports per the team’s official website. “You can have a solid offense and defense, but depth is, to me, where you can really make a difference in the NFL.”
Keim ensured the team will be proactive during free agency.
“We’ll certainly be aggressive and keep our foot on the gas pedal, try to keep pushing this thing in the right direction,” he said. “There’s no doubt we took a step back last year. We’ve got to pick up the pieces and make some good decisions this offseason.”
Cardinals quarterback Carson Palmer and wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald announced earlier this year that they’ll return for their 15th and 14th NFL seasons, respectively. With both veterans locked up for 2017 and seemingly in the twilight of their careers is it Super Bowl LII or bust for Arizona?
“It’s a tough double-edged sword for me,” Keim said. “There are guys like Carson and Larry where you know the end is sooner rather than later. So you have to try and build around them and, so to speak, go for it now.
“But that’s our mindset every year. We’re never in a rebuilding phase. To me, you owe it to your fanbase to go for it every year, to be aggressive either in free agency or the draft. But you also have to keep in mind that you are going to do the right thing for the organization for the long-term. That’s the biggest challenge.”