The suspension comes as the result of a felony drug charge from 2011, when a large package of marijuana was delivered and signed for at Simpson’s home.
Simpson received 15 days in jail, and 3 years probation for the drug charge, in addition to his punishment his the NFL. The league is also fining him an additional game check, on top of the 3 games. He will lose $188,235 in base salary and $178,125 in per game active roster bonuses, for a grand total of $366,360.
Monday’s announcement was merely a formality at this point, as the suspension was expected for months now.
As for the impact on the Vikings, it is what it is. Simpson figures to be the No. 1 or 2 option for Christian Ponder upon his return, and him not being on the field will not allow the team to be as good as it can be.
Simpson is still allowed to participate in all off-season activities and practices, so the only time he will miss will the be games.
The irony is that the Simpson probably ended up in Minnesota, because of the looming suspension. There weren’t a lot of teams throwing contract offers his way, and the Vikings took a chance and signed him to a $2 million dollar/1 year deal.
They decided to be the team to give Simpson his second chance, and now he just has to wait 3 games into the season to show he’s worth the risk.