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Timeline On Possible Jerome Simpson Suspension To Be Determined

In case you missed it earlier, free agent receiver Jerome Simpson has been sentenced to 15 days in jail, along with being ordered to pay a 7,500 fine and complete 200 hours of community service. Earlier, Joe Reedy tweeted that a timeline on the ruling of a possible suspension for Simpson is expected to soon be determined. He also said that he does not expect Simpson's suspension to be any longer than four games.

With the news that Simpson may only get a four game suspension (without the appeal), would he be worth bringing back? The Bengals do not currently have a number two receiver, and somewhat surprisingly did not address the need in free agency. Jordan Shipley returns this season, but he will likely be back in the slot. Some have suggested moving former University of Cincinnati receiver Armon Binns into the number two spot. He lacks experience and will likely need more time to move up the depth chart. It might be a good idea for the Bengals to try and get Simpson back on the cheap and tell him that it is finally time to put it all together. The other option could be to address the need early in the draft.

If the Bengals opt to go with the draft option, Notre Dame receiver Michael Floyd could be an option. Floyd likely will not last until the 17th pick. so the Bengals could also look to Baylor's Kendall Wright with one of their first round picks. Wright is small, but he plays fast and would likely eat up single coverage. Another option would be Georgia Tech's Stephen Hill. Hill impressed at the scouting combine but he needs to work on his route running. Hill would be a good fit in the offense though, as he does a good job run blocking. Cincinnati would also have options at receiver in the second round. Rutgers' Mohamed Sanu, LSU's Rueben Randle, South Carolina's Alshon Jeffrey, and California's Marvin Jones have a slight chance to be available with the Bengals second round pick.