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Updated: March 12th, 2013 12:26pm
Vikings re-sign Jerome Simpson to another one-year contract

Vikings re-sign Jerome Simpson to another one-year contract

by Tom Pelissero
1500ESPN.com
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Jerome Simpson wasn't going to find much of a market after his struggles last season.

So, the enigmatic receiver took the sure thing hours before free agency opened on Tuesday, signing another one-year deal with the Minnesota Vikings, an NFL source confirmed.

"Thanks the upper power for giving me another opportunity to play this game with a great TEAM & Loyal Fans Blessed!!" Simpson wrote on Twitter.

The Vikings thought they had a short-term answer at split end when they signed Simpson, now 27, to a one-year, $2 million contract deal last April.

But he served a three-game drug suspension, suffered a back injury the week after he returned and finished with only 26 catches for 274 yards and no touchdowns.

The trade of Percy Harvin, expected to be finalized with the start of the new league year at 3 p.m. Tuesday, left the Vikings with only four receivers under contract for 2013.

Simpson makes five and easily is the most experienced of the group. Jarius Wright, Stephen Burton, practice-squad holdover Chris Summers and Greg Childs, who missed all of his rookie season after tearing both his patellar tendons in camp, have 29 NFL catches combined.

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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