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Vikings retain Jerome Simpson

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The Vikings have agreed to terms on a one-year contract with wide receiver Jerome Simpson, ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported on Tuesday.

The 27-year-old Simpson has starter-caliber talent but hasn’t always lived up to his potential. He hauled in 26 passes for 274 yards and no TDs in 12 games (10 starts) for Minnesota in 2012.

With Percy Harvin en route to Seattle, the Vikings’ wide receiving corps is in need of some major help, and their moves to strengthen the position wouldn’t figure to stop here. Nevertheless, this appears to be a good opportunity for Simpson, who could really give the Vikings a nice lift in the passing game if he could recapture the form he flashed in the final three games of 2010, when he hauled in 20 passes for 277 yards and three touchdowns for Cincinnati.

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24 Responses to “Vikings retain Jerome Simpson”
  1. cpo187 says: Mar 12, 2013 1:57 PM

    Horray, our best receiver isn’t coming off torn bilateral tendons!

    I think they were pretty much forced to just to field a WR. I think Wright be ok, but as a role player.

    Would like to see them pull in Greg Jennings and Danny Amendola. Those 2 plus Simpson, Wright, and draft a WR with 1 of the first round picks won’t be too bad I guess.

  2. tokyosandblaster says: Mar 12, 2013 2:00 PM

    Super Bowl.

  3. sgmjerry220 says: Mar 12, 2013 2:01 PM

    One of my three pieces to shore up our WR situation. Good job Vikes!!!

  4. Rick Spielman is a Magician says: Mar 12, 2013 2:03 PM

    We traded away Cheech, but at least we were able to keep Chong.

  5. bobby2478 says: Mar 12, 2013 2:05 PM

    Personally I really like this move. Simpson has a ton of potential, and the back injury derailed all of last year for him. Plus, he really seems to be a pretty good guy and always has a smile on his face, so would be a good team player and a positive guy to have in the locker room.

    He won’t cost that much, gives the Vikes some more depth with some experience last year in their system. And if he produces this year, we could sign him to an extension also for not a ton of money.

    Hopefully his back injury is behind him and he’s back to his old explosive self again this year and shows some of the promise he has flashed from time to time.

  6. dublindemonszfl says: Mar 12, 2013 2:08 PM

    They need someone to show up for practice. Hopefully we can afford to cut him in the preseason……….

  7. allday28mvp says: Mar 12, 2013 2:10 PM

    Adrian peterson just felt like he got kicked in the stomach again

  8. theytukrjobs says: Mar 12, 2013 2:10 PM

    I like the move, assuming they see Simpson as more of a #3 WR.

    Vikes have to land one of the big name WR’s out there and draft a WR or two high in the draft. There is no way around it.

    We can’t count on Aromashadu or Burton ever stepping up. Simpson could be a decent piece if he stays healthy and Wright is a promising slot WR. Vikes run game is outstanding and they have one of the better pairs of tight ends in the game (if Carlson can regain old form).

    My point is that the Vikes could have a really good offense even without prime WR targets, but they need to upgrade significantly before camp starts.

  9. fwippel says: Mar 12, 2013 2:18 PM

    Oh my Lord, why? This guy didn’t produce last year. Why would they expect him to do any better in 2013? He didn’t have his head in the game most of the time.

    Let’s hope this is not the marquee signing of the FA period for the Vikings. This isn’t what I’d call an upgrade. Hopefully, they’ll bring in enough WRs to render this signing moot before the start of the season.

  10. skylander14 says: Mar 12, 2013 2:21 PM

    I don’t like this move. In his time in MN he showed that he struggles catching the ball and lacked the explosiveness that he supposedly has. He produced some very poor numbers in 12 games. I would rather see some new faces with some potential either from the draft or more pt for guys like Wright.

  11. dark6401 says: Mar 12, 2013 2:24 PM

    Do you want more Juice? I get you more Juice!

  12. shaunypoo says: Mar 12, 2013 2:25 PM

    He will never be remembered for anything more than being that guy who did a flip over a defender into the endzone and landing it. You still see that in NFL commercials. Otherwise, nondescript career.

  13. bobby2478 says: Mar 12, 2013 2:25 PM

    I don’t like this move. In his time in MN he showed that he struggles catching the ball and lacked the explosiveness that he supposedly has. He produced some very poor numbers in 12 games. I would rather see some new faces with some potential either from the draft or more pt for guys like Wright.

    ===========================

    If you will recall, he had a back injury where he couldn’t hardly walk for a couple weeks and that zapped him of all his explosiveness. He couldn’t even push off or jump or run, and was basically hobbling around out there.

    Before he got hurt, he was displaying his trademark explosiveness.

  14. flavordave says: Mar 12, 2013 2:34 PM

    IF the Eagles want him, then Eagles get him. Thats how we roll.

  15. shiftyshellshocked says: Mar 12, 2013 2:34 PM

    were scaring teams now!

  16. whatjusthapped says: Mar 12, 2013 2:40 PM

    Get rid of your best WR and keep the underperforming one.

    It only makes sense in MN.

  17. cletusvandam says: Mar 12, 2013 2:40 PM

    shaunypoo says:
    Mar 12, 2013 2:25 PM
    He will never be remembered for anything more than being that guy who did a flip over a defender into the endzone and landing it. You still see that in NFL commercials. Otherwise, nondescript career.
    ————-
    To me he will always be remembered as the guy who had 3 pounds of marijuana MAILED to his house. LOL

  18. coltzfan166 says: Mar 12, 2013 2:49 PM

    Kevin Williams can now name a receiver on the Vikings

  19. philadelphiafan says: Mar 12, 2013 2:55 PM

    Didn’t he just get busted with like 10 lbs of green last year. I don’t understand how he’s not in jail, let alone still playing.

  20. dg0122 says: Mar 12, 2013 3:01 PM

    his best customer just got traded away…

  21. Rick Spielman is a Magician says: Mar 12, 2013 3:13 PM

    philadelphiafan says:Mar 12, 2013 2:55 PM

    Didn’t he just get busted with like 10 lbs of green last year. I don’t understand how he’s not in jail, let alone still playing.
    ______

    That happened last year. I think he spent 15 days in jail. Did you want him to serve over a year?

  22. deltaoracle says: Mar 12, 2013 3:55 PM

    He’s no Bernard Berrian.

  23. filthymcnasty1 says: Mar 12, 2013 6:01 PM

    This is exactly the kind of new receiving threat that will enable Ponder to become lethal.

  24. mazblast says: Mar 12, 2013 11:12 PM

    Memo to everyone in Minnesota–Don’t ever, ever, EVER sign for a package addressed to this guy.

    Just a friendly warning.

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