I know we've been a little Minnesota Vikings-centric here on Friday, but that's what happens when the commissioner is making emergency trips to the state legislature, and the team is making plans to host one of the more toxic players available on the free agent market.
Receiver Jerome Simpson had 50 receptions last season for the Cincinnati Bengals, and his somersault into the end zone against the Arizona Cardinals was one of the NFL's highlights of the year. But he was sentenced this month to 15 days in jail and three years probation on a felony drug charge, and could be facing an NFL suspension.
That probably means the Vikings could sign him to a minimal-risk contract, or perhaps complete a file on him if they choose to pursue him once he is eligible to play. Simpson is 26 and presumably has a high ceiling for production. The Vikings signed free agent tight end John Carlson last month to give quarterback Christian Ponder another weapon, but it's fair to say that multiple openings remain among their corps of wide receivers.
Simpson pleaded guilty to a prohibited act relating to controlled substances, a felony in Kentucky, after 2 1/2 pounds of marijuana were shipped to his home there. Authorities later found another pound inside his home, but prosecutors determined he was not dealing drugs.
According to ESPN's Adam Schefter, Simpson will visit the Vikings on Saturday. He has already visited the Rams. The Bengals have not ruled out bringing him back.