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Jerome Simpson signs with Vikings

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It would seem the Vikings weren’t too put off by Tuesday’s announcement that wide receiver Jerome Simpson will serve a three-game suspension to start the season.

Jay Glazer of FOX Sports reports that the Vikings have signed Simpson to a one-year contract. Simpson is expected to provide the deep threat that the Vikings offense has been lacking after flashing the ability to make big plays with the Bengals last season.

Simpson hadn’t made good on the promise that made him a second-round pick in 2008 during his first three seasons, but things came together for him last year. He played all 16 games and caught 50 passes for 725 yards and four touchdowns. He will likely have the inside track on the starting wide receiver job opposite Percy Harvin, at least during the games he’s eligible to play next season.

Simpson served a 15-day sentence after pleading guilty to marijuana charges on March 1st. That’s what led to the suspension and what led Florio to wonder if it was all that wise to pursue a player with off-field issues while the team was trying to convince the government to come up with cash to build a new stadium. The stadium effort passed an important hurdle on Monday night and the Vikings obviously don’t feel adding Simpson to the mix is going to keep them from getting the new home they desire.

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71 Responses to “Jerome Simpson signs with Vikings”
  1. joetoronto says: Apr 24, 2012 1:14 PM

    These idiots will continue to do what they do as long as there’s teams willing to sign them.

  2. theslex says: Apr 24, 2012 1:15 PM

    Can we just call it a 13-game contract?

    We all know the Vikings aren’t making the playoffs…

  3. Justin says: Apr 24, 2012 1:15 PM

    Harvin and Simpson = Cheech and Chong

  4. rightwingguy says: Apr 24, 2012 1:16 PM

    Ill take em. He certainly will help.

  5. 4thquartermagic says: Apr 24, 2012 1:17 PM

    Even with a suspension they signed him…

    Guess they fell “head over heels” for him!

    heyyyooo!

  6. thankheavenfornumberseven says: Apr 24, 2012 1:17 PM

    I’d rather have Homer Simpson.

  7. poohman1975 says: Apr 24, 2012 1:20 PM

    Uh, I guess I can live with a one year deal but the team needs more than a few one year temp fixes.

  8. adrianpeterson28 says: Apr 24, 2012 1:20 PM

    Hopefully this puts an end to the drafting Justin Blackmon at #3 talks.

  9. fijabbersman345 says: Apr 24, 2012 1:21 PM

    Why do you put these articles in halfway down the front page?

    Anyways, two of the first three games are Indy and Jacksonville, so it’s really only a 1-game suspension in terms of importance to the Vikings.

  10. taintedsaints2009 says: Apr 24, 2012 1:22 PM

    all this talk of the vikings not taking Kalil is offically dead.

  11. tombradysponytail says: Apr 24, 2012 1:26 PM

    Well, that should really help Harvin “treat” his headaches…

  12. bobby2478 says: Apr 24, 2012 1:26 PM

    Personally I like this move. Give him a chance to prove what he can do, and it doesn’t cost much. Plus it allows the Vikes to focus their attention elsewhere in the early rounds of the draft (LT, CB and Safety).

    Simpson is still young, and if he shows promise this season they can re-sign him to a longer term deal at good value. He has the height (6’2″), good speed, jumping ability and strong hands that will allow them to throw jump balls and he’ll go after them.

    Good value pickup here with lots of potential.

  13. getadealdonealready says: Apr 24, 2012 1:26 PM

    Great say goodbye to those pesky migraines Percy, we signed a guy who says he has a cure.

  14. 49erstim says: Apr 24, 2012 1:29 PM

    I guess WR was HIGH on the Vikings list of priorities…. Uh thank youuuu….

  15. sportmentary says: Apr 24, 2012 1:39 PM

    fijabbersman345 The Vikes are coming off a 3 game win season and were the 3rd worst team in the NFL. What makes you think that these first two games are sure wins?

  16. dcviking says: Apr 24, 2012 1:40 PM

    Vikings WRs will start their own “bounty pool”, except they will use joints instead of cash…

  17. Canned Heat says: Apr 24, 2012 1:42 PM

    fijabbersman345 says:Apr 24, 2012 1:21 PM

    Anyways, two of the first three games are Indy and Jacksonville, so it’s really only a 1-game suspension in terms of importance to the Vikings.

    __________________________________

    And there’s not even a guarantee that you’ll beat either of those 2 turds.

    Don’t sugar coat it. Vikings are terrible and will need every single win they can grasp….and that’s to make it to a .500 record, which I don’t see happening.

  18. Carl Gerbschmidt says: Apr 24, 2012 1:42 PM

    What’s with all these 1-year contracts? Are they making a big push for the Super Bowl or something? HA HA HA HA HA

  19. wstover says: Apr 24, 2012 1:43 PM

    This news has got me doing flips! :)

  20. dryzzt23 says: Apr 24, 2012 1:46 PM

    Again a team signs a know law-breaker.
    I have zero respect for the Vikings or Bengals b/c this guy is a LOSER. He is the scum of society.

  21. purplepridehasadownside says: Apr 24, 2012 1:47 PM

    good pick up, let’s hope he stays out of trouble up here.

  22. mnomalley says: Apr 24, 2012 1:50 PM

    Another “prove it” contract by Spielman. Lets hope the always meticulous talent guru is right about this one. If it works out, I can see the Vikes signing him for 3 years if he produces in his 13 games.

  23. squared80 says: Apr 24, 2012 1:54 PM

    This signing would have nothing to do with the stadium issue here in Minnesota. Thanks for pointlessly adding that to the article, though. Very good insight by you.

  24. calbsure says: Apr 24, 2012 1:57 PM

    Excellent. Turned negative situations into positives for both parties. Simpson deserves another chance and has high upside and I’m not talking about his smoking or flipping. Looks like the Vikes barring a trade will go Kalil, safety the first two picks.

  25. beelicker says: Apr 24, 2012 2:02 PM

    Looks like Tarzan, plays like Urkel.

    Seriously.

    Watch him closely at training camp sometime …

  26. jfd117 says: Apr 24, 2012 2:09 PM

    I guess if Minnesota moves the team to LA, Jerome’s Cali drug shipments will get to him faster…

  27. dryzzt23 says: Apr 24, 2012 2:12 PM

    Matt Jones deserves another chance.

    But he’s white so the media and public view him as not “deserving” of a second chance.

    But since white people won’t riot in the streets like black people would if Simpson didn’t get a second chance, Jones is SOL.

  28. imaginesuperbowlwin says: Apr 24, 2012 2:16 PM

    “All he does is catch touchdowns.”

  29. furedmccombs says: Apr 24, 2012 2:17 PM

    Now all we need is for Janoris Jenkins to fall to #35 and we’ll be set! That and for the legalization of marijuana, otherwise our team will be short on players.

  30. minnesconsin says: Apr 24, 2012 2:18 PM

    dryzzt23 says:
    Apr 24, 2012 1:46 PM
    Again a team signs a know law-breaker.
    I have zero respect for the Vikings or Bengals b/c this guy is a LOSER. He is the scum of society.
    ———–

    Dude, it was pot. I tend to reserve “scum of society” for killers and rapists. But that’s just me.

    That said — I do find it humorous that the signing came directly on the heels of his suspension. Almost like the Vikes are just waiting to pounce on the next troublemaker.

  31. mnomalley says: Apr 24, 2012 2:22 PM

    2nd free agent pick up for the Vikes out of the AFC North. I wonder how Carr is going to co-exist with his formal rival.

  32. thankheavenfornumberseven says: Apr 24, 2012 2:27 PM

    Carl Gerbschmidt says:Apr 24, 2012 1:42 PM

    What’s with all these 1-year contracts? Are they making a big push for the Super Bowl or something? HA HA HA HA HA
    _________

    It’s called making smart business decisions rather than tying guys up with a long-term contract before they’ve proven themselves. By the way, how did your team’s push for the Super Bowl go last year?

  33. bigfootballfan says: Apr 24, 2012 2:31 PM

    Mixed feelings about this.

    One the one hand, this is a lot of time, money, and development the Bengals are letting walk.

    The guy never got his chance due to not being in the Palmer clique, which includes the headcoach who did way too much to appease to appease that QB (including Coles, Bryant & Owens).

    Simpson finally gets his chance, and in one of the dumbest crimes we’ll see, gets busted, and we all know that story.

    I think that’s one reason his concentration was iffy last year – the overhanging jail sentence.

    So on the one hand here’s a great player who hasn’t quite put it together – and I think he will with the Vikes.

    But really, this – I am so sick and f*@%ing tired of stupid spoiled ungrateful boneheads representing Cincinnati. It’s a nice town with an embassing reputation due to the Bengals.

    Stop drafting dumbf&$%s!

    So get out Simpson, get the f&$% out – and take Maualuga with you.

  34. vegaskid21 says: Apr 24, 2012 2:37 PM

    Great pickup my the Viks. Simpson and Harvin will be a great 1,2 punch at WR. Too bad they don’t have a QB to get them the ball.

  35. khmer379 says: Apr 24, 2012 2:37 PM

    He will be a solid reciever for the vikings he kinda remind me off young ochcinco

  36. nopepper123 says: Apr 24, 2012 2:39 PM

    Somewhere out there Chris Henry is asking……..”Why did I get an 8 game suspension again?” Simpson would of gotten more then 3 games if he was under contract with the Bengals……Commish gave some room knowing he was a free agent…….Double Standard!

  37. sevensixtwonato says: Apr 24, 2012 2:41 PM

    dryzzt23 says:
    Apr 24, 2012 1:46 PM
    Again a team signs a know law-breaker.
    I have zero respect for the Vikings or Bengals b/c this guy is a LOSER. He is the scum of society.

    ————————————————–

    Because he smokes pot? Get over yourself.

  38. phinfan says: Apr 24, 2012 2:42 PM

    Percy will be Simpson’s new ‘CLIENT’

  39. Carl Gerbschmidt says: Apr 24, 2012 2:42 PM

    @thankheavenfornumberseven says:Apr 24, 2012 2:27 PM

    It’s called making smart business decisions rather than tying guys up with a long-term contract before they’ve proven themselves. By the way, how did your team’s push for the Super Bowl go last year?

    ———-

    Better than yours!

    By the way, how many Super Bowls have you won?

  40. jgedgar70 says: Apr 24, 2012 2:58 PM

    Isn’t the reason for this signing obvious? Yes, for 2 reasons:

    1) The Vikings have decided the Raiders have one hell of a great business model.

    2) The possibility of 4 additional wins, made possible by the soccer-style flop Simpson can do whenever Suh or Clay Matthews walks past him.

  41. beelicker says: Apr 24, 2012 2:58 PM

    dryzzt23 says:

    Again a team signs a know law-breaker.

    I have zero respect for the Vikings or Bengals b/c this guy is a LOSER.

    Ummm, this incident (delivery of product to Jerome’s townhouse, where his brother was the main resident) happened in the 4th year of his 1st NFL contract.

    Are you insinuating that the Bengals should have had a level of clairvoyance to somehow see that coming in his 4th year before they drafted him? Plus there’s the fact of them not re-signing him when his rookie deal expired so that he became the unrestricted free agent to be able to sign with Minnesota now …

    And Simpson was behind #85 (who never came off the field) before last year, reportedly had trouble enough with learning the scheme such that that was the only WR position he could handle mentally, plus he also apparently wasn’t up to speed enough to play gunner on special teams (see Urkel references), so he was inactive on the majority of gamedays before 85 was gone from the roster last season.

    Remember, he was drafted as more or less developmental ‘insurance’ back when Johnson was threatening to boycott the roster if he wasn’t traded away, which Mikey Brown simply wasn’t going to bow down to …

  42. shaunypoo says: Apr 24, 2012 3:02 PM

    He is a decent player with well above average athleticism who has serious lapses in concentration. If he pays attention he has good potential. Would have been nice to have him back with the Bengals, but not as a #2.

  43. purpleguy says: Apr 24, 2012 3:03 PM

    Thanks Vikings, now how in heck are we going to be able to razz Lions fans about all their stoners?

  44. Peter Venkman says: Apr 24, 2012 3:09 PM

    This team has 4th place in the division for the next 3 years written all over it.

  45. fngs1 says: Apr 24, 2012 3:14 PM

    hankheavenfornumberseven says: Apr 24, 2012 2:27 PM

    Carl Gerbschmidt says:Apr 24, 2012 1:42 PM

    What’s with all these 1-year contracts? Are they making a big push for the Super Bowl or something? HA HA HA HA HA
    _________

    It’s called making smart business decisions rather than tying guys up with a long-term contract before they’ve proven themselves. By the way, how did your team’s push for the Super Bowl go last year?

    —————-

    About the same as your push for the Bottom, close but no cigar. So I wouldn’t be talking trash.

  46. ptownstripes says: Apr 24, 2012 3:16 PM

    dryzzt23 says:Apr 24, 2012 1:46 PM

    Again a team signs a know law-breaker.
    I have zero respect for the Vikings or Bengals b/c this guy is a LOSER. He is the scum of society.
    __________________________________
    Why negative on the Bengals? If this was another team’s free agent and the Bengals signed him, they would get crucified alone, not the other team. The Bengals didn’t re-sign him, ok? The Bengals did what I think you are referring to as the “respectable” thing.

  47. thetruth323 says: Apr 24, 2012 3:16 PM

    Great news for Bengals fans, the guy showed that he had talent but also was know for running the wrong routes more times than he ran the right ones. He also likes weed, coincidence? I think not. Vikes fans can expect flashes of brilliance followed by long stretches of incredible mediocrity….cheers~!

  48. thankheavenfornumberseven says: Apr 24, 2012 3:25 PM

    Carl Gerbschmidt says:Apr 24, 2012 2:42 PM

    @thankheavenfornumberseven says:Apr 24, 2012 2:27 PM

    It’s called making smart business decisions rather than tying guys up with a long-term contract before they’ve proven themselves. By the way, how did your team’s push for the Super Bowl go last year?

    ———-

    Better than yours!
    ____________

    Didn’t take long for Packer fans to go from “winning the Super Bowl is all that matters” to “losing in the first round of the playoffs proves our team is great!”

  49. icanthelpitimabengalsfan says: Apr 24, 2012 3:29 PM

    Long time Bengals fan here…

    Scoop on Simpson: Athletic as can be, can jump out of the gym, runs 4.3 or so..does flips..etc.

    Problems: can’t concentrate, can’t take hits, pressure situations get to him badly, drops the ball too much both during and after the catch. Not very smart, not a professional…never acts like he has been there!

    When he was drafted in the second round it was stated that he was a work in progress..he still is. He may mature and work out for the Vikings, hopefully for them he does. However, I wouldn’t bet on it. I typically want to see my team reap the benefits of getting a draft pick up to speed, but in this case I’m happy to see him go. Honestly, when he was targeted it was nerve wracking watching him.

    Good luck Vikes!

  50. morgan420 says: Apr 24, 2012 3:43 PM

    o well its not as big of hit as Houshmandzadeh. now im positive the bengals are going to draft michael floyd thank you minnesota

  51. jamesstinnett says: Apr 24, 2012 3:46 PM

    Bengals fan here, good luck Vikings… Dude can jump for days, and has great speed, but he is as dumb as they come. I mean the guy had a pound of weed shipped to his house, and tried to blame it on his girlfriend… He has been here for 4 years and every year i hear the same thing, he is still learning the playbook. Hopefully your playbook is written in crayon and by pre-schoolers so he can catch on quick!

  52. cbfour says: Apr 24, 2012 3:48 PM

    Smart signing by Speilman. They kill two birds with this signing.

    One: They get the deep threat they need to take coverage off Percy
    Two: Jerome will also supply Percy with some anti migraine medicine to keep him on the field.

  53. pooflingingmonkey says: Apr 24, 2012 4:09 PM

    @dryzzt23 says:
    Apr 24, 2012 1:46 PM
    “Again a team signs a know law-breaker.
    I have zero respect for the Vikings or Bengals b/c this guy is a LOSER. He is the scum of society.”

    Enjoy your beer, hypocrite.

  54. bdoubleoey says: Apr 24, 2012 4:16 PM

    Couple quick notes. A lot of these 1 year deals are “prove yourself” contracts.

    Also, Vikings lost most of their games under 7 points, and dont forget if it wasnt for the huge collapse’s in the first 3 weeks, they could have started 3-0. their record did not tell the whole story. Now im sure some idiots will have something stupid to say, but those are facts.

  55. Carl Gerbschmidt says: Apr 24, 2012 4:18 PM

    fngs1 says:Apr 24, 2012 3:14 PM

    hankheavenfornumberseven says: Apr 24, 2012 2:27 PM

    Carl Gerbschmidt says:Apr 24, 2012 1:42 PM

    What’s with all these 1-year contracts? Are they making a big push for the Super Bowl or something? HA HA HA HA HA
    _________

    It’s called making smart business decisions rather than tying guys up with a long-term contract before they’ve proven themselves. By the way, how did your team’s push for the Super Bowl go last year?

    —————-

    About the same as your push for the Bottom, close but no cigar. So I wouldn’t be talking trash.
    —-

    Actually, the vikes were a lot closer in their push for the bottom, than we were to winning the Super Bowl, so I guess they win.

  56. Carl Gerbschmidt says: Apr 24, 2012 4:20 PM

    jamesstinnett says:Apr 24, 2012 3:46 PM

    “Dude … is as dumb as they come.”

    —-

    I don’t know he used fedex, that was pretty smart because then he could track his shipment.

  57. ejmam1 says: Apr 24, 2012 4:28 PM

    “All he does is catch touchdowns.”

    4 in 4 years. None in he first 3.

  58. thankheavenfornumberseven says: Apr 24, 2012 4:39 PM

    jamesstinnett says:Apr 24, 2012 3:46 PM

    Hopefully your playbook is written in crayon and by pre-schoolers so he can catch on quick!
    ________

    Not since Chilly left.

  59. sevensixtwonato says: Apr 24, 2012 4:42 PM

    Carl Gerbschmidt says:
    Apr 24, 2012 2:42 PM

    By the way, how many Super Bowls have you won?

    ————————————————–

    How many have you won? I will bet money you can’t get out of you mom’s basement without breathing heavy…

  60. doncherry81 says: Apr 24, 2012 4:53 PM

    bigfootballfan says: Apr 24, 2012 2:31 PM

    “But really, this – I am so sick and f*@%ing tired of stupid spoiled ungrateful boneheads representing Cincinnati. It’s a nice town with an embassing reputation due to the Bengals.”

    ——————————————

    It’s got nothing to do with your players. The best thing about your entire state is Cedar Point.

    Cincinnati sucks, You are pretty much Kentucky. Columbus, by far is the nicest city in Ohio. At least Cleveland can say they have the Rock and Roll HOF. Your stadium is nice though.

  61. wludford says: Apr 24, 2012 4:59 PM

    Low risk deal with a lot of upside for the Vikings. Good move.

  62. peytonsneck18 says: Apr 24, 2012 5:24 PM

    Matt Jones deserves another chance.

    But he’s white so the media and public view him as not “deserving” of a second chance.

    But since white people won’t riot in the streets like black people would if Simpson didn’t get a second chance, Jones is SOL

    are u serious? man u are a serious racist, gtfo here!!!

  63. peytonsneck18 says: Apr 24, 2012 5:27 PM

    It’s got nothing to do with your players. The best thing about your entire state is Cedar Point

    im from indiana and i love going to ohio for cedar point and kings island!!!!!

  64. lnfinite says: Apr 24, 2012 5:30 PM

    I think it is a good pick up. It costs em nearly nothing for a person who has a chip on their shoulder to prove himself in redemoption.

    On the other side of things, some of the retarded comments coming from packer fans should be pitied. Their hero St Brett put on the enemy colors a couple years ago and those fools are still fuming about it. Maybe they will let this go in say 15-20 years…..

  65. mikebrownistheworstownerinprosports says: Apr 24, 2012 6:07 PM

    @ doncherry81: Columbus sucks! What’s in Columbus other than Ohio State? Lol Columbus isn’t even off I-75. Northern Kentucky has the Levee and a world renowned aquarium. Kentucky is home of the best college basketball program in history. Even Kentucky is better than ho-hum Columbus. Cincinnati is 1000x better.

  66. rickybobbie says: Apr 24, 2012 7:22 PM

    Good luck Jerome in Minnesota!!

  67. voyager6 says: Apr 24, 2012 7:53 PM

    Simpson will take whole games off. Critical games. Every drop will bring up the idea that he partied the night before.

    Will never be a reliable.

  68. whodey28 says: Apr 24, 2012 10:02 PM

    Spectacular one game, nonexistent the next. I would think that I could catch 50 balls lining up opposite AJ Green.

  69. wiseguy12 says: Apr 24, 2012 11:31 PM

    It is conceivable the vikings may be an improved team this year. Ponder has 2nd year under his belt. Improved Oline play with Kali and Johnson move to guard. upgrade at wide receiver with Simpson and Carr at corner. Cook and Winfield back in lineup. TE Rudolph 2nd year under his belt and new receiving TE Carlson added. Dline play was okay last year but still need DT upgraded as well as safety. If team drafts wisely and RBs heal Vikes could hit 500. Frasier is still developing as a head coach. To expect much more in a division that has improved dramatically in the last few years would be unrealistic, but the team appears to be making the effort.

  70. okemon says: Apr 25, 2012 5:39 AM

    its so easy for people to dis another. even if he signed with the packers I would hope he could turn things around in his life and on the field like others…. Chris Carter comes to mind….

  71. rallen69 says: Apr 25, 2012 12:44 PM

    He is a talented player, hopefully he can get his act together and produce at a high level.

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