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Updated: April 24th, 2012 11:41am
Jerome Simpson signs 1-year deal with Vikings, will sit out 3 games

Jerome Simpson signs 1-year deal with Vikings, will sit out 3 games

by Tom Pelissero
1500ESPN.com
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The Minnesota Vikings will take a chance on Jerome Simpson.

The team agreed to terms with the athletic receiver on a one-year deal on Tuesday, FoxSports.com reported, hours after ESPN reported Simpson will be suspended three games under the NFL's substance-abuse policy.

Simpson, 26, met with Vikings officials on Saturday and left on Sunday morning without a contract. He also had drawn interest from the St. Louis Rams but remained on the market six weeks after free agency opened.

The suspension stems from Simpson's guilty plea on March 1 to a felony drug charge. He was arrested in September after about 2 pounds of marijuana were shipped to his northern Kentucky home.

Simpson was sentenced to 15 days in jail and three years' probation. He posted career highs last season with 50 catches for 725 yards and four touchdowns in 16 games for the Cincinnati Bengals.

The Vikings looked extensively into Simpson's background before bringing him in for a visit and apparently were comfortable enough with what they found to give him a shot.

Simpson will be eligible to participate in all of the Vikings' offseason workouts and training camp. His suspension will begin the week of the regular-season opener, and he'll be eligible to rejoin the team for practice leading up to their Week 4 game at Detroit.

Tom Pelissero is Senior Editor and columnist for 1500ESPN.com. He hosts from 6 to 8 p.m. weeknights and co-hosts from 10 a.m. to noon Sundays on 1500 ESPN Twin Cities.
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