Thus far in free agency the Minnesota Vikings have focused all attention on adding pieces to their defense. You certainly can’t blame them, because they did have one of the worst units in the league last season. But now fans have the first bit of noteworthy offensive news. Jerome Simpson has re-signed with Vikings. That’s right, he’s baaaaccckkk.
Simpson’s career in the Twin Cities got off to a very rocky start in 2012. He was suspended for the first three games of the season and upon his return, he got injured and had trouble holding on to the football.
He did get back on track in 2013, racking up a career-high 726 receiving yards. He dazzled with occasional circus catches and you could even call him reliable at times (something that was never said about him in 2012). But once again, Simpson’s off-field issues because a topic of conversation.
The WR was arrested late in the season on suspicion of DUI, which put his future in Minnesota greatly in question.
But here we are today and we now know with certainty he’ll be wearing purple once again in 2014. It’s still possible that he could get suspended from the league at some point, but it’s less likely because of his plea deal. The WR apparently refused a breathalyzer on the scene and then later plead guilty to that charge and a charge of careless driving. Long story short — no DUI on his record.
The re-signing of Simpson speaks volumes about the quality of receivers on the open market this year. Simply put, there weren’t many top-tier talents available. Given this reality, the Vikings made a safe move by re-upping Simpson.
It’s not a great move, but it will do. It’s possible that he could have another career season under new OC Norv Turner, but it’s also possible that he might not fit in. We’ll have to wait and see, but fans can definitely count on being really impressed, then really disappointed in Simpson for yet another year.