WR Jerome Simpson Not a Priority for Minnesota Vikings

By Andrew Fisher
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The Minnesota Vikings are clearly facing an off-season where they must upgrade at wide receiver. By far, the receiver position in Minnesota is garnering the most attention across the board from insiders and draft experts as we get closer to the new season.

The Vikings currently have a situation filled with uncertainty, as no one knows what will even happen with the team’s best wide out Percy Harvin. When you look beyond Harvin, only one other receiver is certain to be brought back next season, Jarius Wright. Other that that, everyone else is expendable.

Jerome Simpson is one Viking who will become an unrestricted free agent in a few days, and his future might be the most up for debate. Brought in as a No. 2 last season, Simpson failed to establish himself on the way to a forgettable 274-yard receiving season. A back injury limited his explosiveness, and he was plagued by dropped passes.

GM Rick Spielman hasn’t written off Simpson, but also hasn’t commented either way on if he’ll be brought back.

I’d be okay with bringing Simpson back, but only for the purpose of depth. Maybe, Simpson can rebound and be a solid No. 4 guy for the Vikings, but he’s certainly no starter. At this point, Simpson needs to earn his way back up the depth chart, if Minnesota decides to bring him back.

Simpson will play better than he did in 2012, wherever he suits up. The 274 yards receiving are far from what he’s capable of, but fans have to be wondering if he’ll ever live up to his potential.


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