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Top Bengals Stories Of 2011 No. 5: Jerome Simpson's Federal Drug Investigation

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The Bengals decided to trade Chad Ochocinco which meant that rookie wide receiver A.J. Green and fourth-year receiver Jerome Simpson would be Andy Dalton's top two targets. Simpson didn't really do much until the end of his third year on the team but we all knew he was a rare physical specimen and had the ability to be as good as he wanted.

Through the first two games of the season, Simpson had 180 yards receiving and looked like he would be a solid No. 2 receiver for the Bengals. Then, on Thursday night heading into Week 3, the news broke that Simpson was under investigation for a massive amount of marijuana that was being shipped to his house.

Supposedly, a package containing 2.5 pounds of marijuana was shipped from California to Simpson's Northern Kentucky home where it was seized. Along with it, six pounds of marijuana, making a grand total of 8.5 pounds, was found in Simpson's basement. Simpson was not arrested at the time but an investigation in which he was a part of was launched.

Simpson didn't start the next game, even though he did play, but he has started every game other than one after that. He has never been arrested and he hasn't talked about what happened. Right now, nobody really has a clue about what's happening with the investigation and what will happen to Simpson in the future, if anything.

What we do know is this: the news that 8.5 pounds of marijuana were found at Simpson's house hurt his career. He's in the final season of his contract and whether he re-signs with the Bengals or now, I'm sure that questions will be asked about the investigation and I wouldn't be surprised to learn that his contract offer is lower because of what happened.

In the end, this didn't have as big of an impact on the team as some other things did but it was some of the biggest news of the year and could completely change Simpson's future and the Bengals' as well.