CINCINNATI, OH - DECEMBER 24: Jerome Simpson #89 of the Cincinnati Bengals jumps over Daryl Washington #58 of the Arizona Cardinals for a 19-yard touchdown during first half action at Paul Brown Stadium on December 24, 2011 in Cincinnati, Ohio. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
Free agent wide receiver Jerome Simpson, who visited and stayed the night in Minnesota yesterday, is that much closer to becoming a Minnesota Viking. Tom Pelissero of ESPN 1500 Twin Cities tweeted that the organization is spending this morning deciding whether or not to acquire the services of Jerome Simpson.
#Vikings are in process this morning of deciding whether to sign Jerome Simpson. Said has talked to a lot of people about him.Spielman says
Also, Minnesota Vikings beat writer tweeted that Simpson has offers from other teams. So, while it may seem the Vikings are the front runners in the Jerome Simpson sweepstakes, its at least worth noting that other teams, such as the St. Louis Rams, are very much interested as well.
Also notable: Simpson has offers from other teams. No real timetable in this instance.
The image of Jerome Simpson acrobatically flipping through the air for a touchdown will remain in the memories of Bengal fans for years to come, but, unfortunately, so will the arrest, dropped balls, and infuriating no-shows when the team desperately needed him. Inconsistency defines Simpson's short Bengal career. Athleticism was never one of his problems.
If the Vikings do indeed elect to take a chance on Simpson, they would acquire a high ceiling player for a (most likely) cheap price. For the Bengals, Simpson's departure leaves the team with a hole at the No. 2 wide receiver position, and the draft would presumably become the route to fill that void. Many experts project the Cincinnati Bengals to use a first round draft pick on a wide receiver.