Simpson was not a huge fan of the decision:
“You lose $60,000, you’d be mad, too. Anytime something gets taken away from you, you’re obviously going to be kind of upset about it.”
The receiver has a clause in his contract that costs him a game’s pay ($60,000), anytime he’s inactive for a contest.
Numerous people in the media noted Simpson as being “short” this week in interviews, and clearly upset about coach Leslie Frazier‘s decision.
“We’re on the same page. I’m just a competitor. I just want to be out there on that field,” Simpson said. “It’s nothing personal against him. He’s just doing what’s best for the team.”
I can’t definitely sympathize with Simpson’s financial loss, and fans can only hope he that he channels his frustration into good play on the field.
The Vikings clearly need him out there to be their deep threat. Simpson is the missing piece on the offense, he brings it all together.
All the other roles are defined for the receiving corps: Percy Harvin (play-maker), Michael Jenkins (possession receiver), and Kyle Rudolph (red zone target). Simpson provides the deep threat, and just more play-making ability in general.
Simpson says that he is absolutely going to play this Sunday, and fans can only hope that he plays with a little extra motivation.