Jerome Simpson made headlines during the season with a fantastic flip over a befuddled Cardinals defender, but his offseason headlines will be focused on the courtroom instead of the football field.
Simpson was indicted on drug charges last week and he appeared in a Kentucky court for his arraignment on those charges Monday. Simpson entered a plea of not guilty on the charges, per the Associated Press. The charges are related to a 2.5 pound package of marijuana delivered to Simpson’s home in September. A subsequent search of the home turned up six more pounds of the drug as well as paraphernalia associated with packaging and smoking it.
His next court appearance is scheduled for February 20th and Simpson can remain free as long as he posts a $2,500 bond by Tuesday. If he’s found guilty, Simpson faces one to five years in prison.
Simpson is set to become a free agent in March and his football future will surely be impacted by how his court case plays out.