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Jerome Simpson Suspension: 3-Game Ban Hurts Free Agent WR's Quest for New Team

JACKSONVILLE, FL - OCTOBER 09:  Wide receiver Jerome Simpson #89 of the the Cincinnati Bengals looks for a penalty against the Jacksonville Jaguars October 9, 2011 at EverBank Field in Jacksonville, Florida. (Photo by Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images)
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Eric BowmanFeatured ColumnistApril 24, 2012

Jerome Simpson has yet to sign with an NFL team this offseason, and it may take even longer to do so now that the league has slapped him with a suspension. 

According to ESPN's Adam Schefter, Simpson received a three-game suspension for this upcoming season.

Bengals free-agent WR Jerome Simpson is being suspended three games under the substance abuse policy, per NFL source.

— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) April 24, 2012

 

The NFL made the right call here, but it's quite unfortunate for Simpson. Per the Associated Press, Simpson had visits with the Minnesota Vikings and St. Louis Rams. And of course you can't count out his former team, the Cincinnati Bengals, re-signing him.

Now that he'll be out for the first three games, it could force some or all of these teams to rethink their stance on Simpson.

Then again, they had to know Simpson was going to get some type of punishment given the circumstances. 

Update: Tuesday, April 24 at 12:50 p.m. ET: I was wrong, it didn't take Simpson long at all, FOX Sports' Jay Glazer is reporting Simpson has signed with a new team.

Vikings have agreed to terms on a one year deal with WR Jerome Simpson. Even tho he's suspended to start the season he's got a lot of talent

— Jay Glazer (@JayGlazer) April 24, 2012

  

Last fall, Simpson had roughly two pounds of marijuana shipped to his house, which resulted in his arrest. He was sentenced to 15 days in jail, a three-year probation, forced to do 200 hours of community service and pay a $7,500 fine plus court fees. 

It's uncertain where Simpson will play in the upcoming season, but we do know that we won't see him on the field for the first three games, which is a better punishment that it could have been considering it appeared as though he was selling illegal drugs in addition to playing in the NFL. 

Stay tuned with Bleacher Report and our NFL coverage for up-to-date information on Simpson's future and all things NFL. 

 

 

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