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2016 NFL Draft: Arizona Cardinals rumored to be shopping Michael Floyd for draft pick

The trade whispers never cease.

Jeremy Brevard-USA TODAY Sports

The NFL Draft is nothing without rumors. And for the Arizona Cardinals, the man whose name has come up in trade rumors the last two offseasons is having his name come up again. Per Bleacher Reports' Matt Miller, an anonymous scout and another source told him Michael Floyd could be on the trading block.

According to these sources, they "wouldn't be surprised" if the team moved Floyd to get a pick or move up. "That was the case last year, too," Miller was told.

We have heard from ESPN's Mike Sando how trading him to the Rams for their second round pick would have been a good idea. It is impossible now because Los Angeles traded away almost everything to move to the top of the draft.

I thought it was a dumb idea.

Now, here is what we know:

1. Floyd is under contract for one more season.

2. General manager Steve Keim has said on more than one occasion he believes his core players should never even make it to free agency.

3. Thus far in the offseason, there have been no contract talks reported with Floyd. Using the logic from No. 3, it seems reasonable to think the team might just be comfortable letting him go after the season.

4. Bruce Arians loves to draft wide receivers.

5. Floyd has said his coaching staff "loves him."

6. He offers a skillset no one else on the team has -- size, top-end speed and ball skills.

7. The team is in a win-now mode and Floyd was an integral part of the team's record offense last season.

So...trading him? There are benefits.

Let's say the Cardinals could secure a second round pick. If he left as a free agent next year, the Cardinals would not get a compensatory pick in the second round. They don't exist.

They have Larry Fitzgerald and John Brown. Would they draft Floyd's replacement or is he on the roster? That's possible.

In terms of what the Cardinals are trying to accomplish this season, it seems odd to have Floyd be expendable once again. After all, only John Brown and J.J. Nelson are under contract after this season among the teams receivers.

Assuming he is not traded within the division, and assuming the team could get a second round pick, perhaps using it to acquire a future starting quarterback or Floyd's replacement, would you make the move?