FOX Sports has reported that former Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver Jerome Simpson has reached an agreement on a one year deal to play for the Minnesota Vikings.
Bengals 101 had reported this morning that the NFL had issued a three game suspension for Simpson as a result of his arrest for marijuana possession last fall. That apparently didn't scare off the Vikings, who had hosted Simpson for a visit last week.
Simpson will join veterans Percy Harvin and Michael Jenkins at the top of the Vikings' receiving corps. The Vikings have been trying to upgrade that position to help in the development of second year quarterback Christian Ponder whom they drafted last year in the first round.
The Vikings are no strangers to players with off the field problems. They drafted Randy Moss when the rest of the league was scared off by his issues.
Simpson started 14 games for the Bengals last season, catching 50 passes for 725 yards and four touchdowns. His acrobatic leap into the end zone over an Arizona Cardinals' defender was the highlight of the year.
Simpson's deal with the Vikings means they are most likely out of the running to draft Justin Blackmon at their third spot in Thursday's NFL Draft. It also means that the Bengals are currently without a proven number two receiver to play opposite AJ Green. This increases the odds that one of the two first round picks the Bengals hold will be spent on a wide receiver.
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