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Sharrif Floyd grievance update

By: Robert Lopez

February 21, 2018

September 11, 2016 against the Tennessee Titans was the last time Vikings fans saw a healthy and productive Sharrif Floyd play. A former 1st round pick out of the University of Florida, Floyd showed flashes of greatness but couldn’t find a way to ever stay fully healthy. Floyd’s 4 year run with the Vikings led to only 24 starts with 9.5 sacks and 57 total tackles.

Coming off his best season in 2015, Floyd went down with a right knee injury week 1 of the 2016 season and hasn’t played a snap since. The procedure required arthroscopic surgery to repair the meniscus. At the end of the 2016 season Minnesota decided to pick up the 5th year option on Floyd’s contract with hopes of him getting back to the field in 2017. Here’s where the problem lies, the surgery led to nerve damage that caused his quadricep to not fire properly which ended up costing him another entire season of football and most likely his NFL career.

The Vikings knew Floyd would not participate in any football related activities in 2017 so they placed him on the reserve/Non-Football injury list rather than the physically unable to perform list or the injured reserve. This designation comes with the Vikings choosing how much if any to pay of Floyd’s 2017 contract. Minnesota opted to pay Floyd a total of $2.645 million as opposed to the $6.757 million he was due. Floyd went onto file a grievance against the Vikings that is still currently in limbo. Floyd is stating his current nerve damage was caused from the prior knee surgery which was the result of the football injury he sustained. If his ruling is upheld the Vikings would be forced to pay his entire 2017 salary which would result in roughly another $4 million.

At the current moment there is still no timetable for the settling of the grievance. We will just have to wait for the ruling to come down, but an extra $4 million would be great for Floyd since it looks like we’ve seen the last of him in purple and gold. Keep checking back for more details on the matter.