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Vikings Free Agency: Minnesota Looking Hard At Free-Agent Jerome Simpson's Background

The Minnesota Vikings are desperate to add a vertical threat at the receiver position in free agency this spring, and the team has already set its sights squarely on former Cincinnati Bengal Jerome Simpson as a possible option.

Simpson visited the Vikings' facilities over the weekend, but according to the St. Paul Pioneer Press, did not leave the city with an offer on the table. Before the Vikings go all-in, it seems, the team will apparently reach out to a number of sources to inquire about Simpson's background and upcoming legal situation with the NFL.

The 6-foot-2, 26-year-old speedster plead guilty to receiving two pounds of marijuana that was shipped to his Kentucky home back in September, and has been viewed as a significant red flag to scouts since the news broke. On April 5th, he was sentenced to 15 days in jail and three years of probation for his involvement, further worrying NFL decision-makers.

An elite athlete known prominently for his insane front flip touchdown last season, Simpson has drawn interest from a number of teams as he makes the rounds as a free agent. Minnesota's refusal to jump right in with both feet is probably a smart move, but it's clear the team might not have been totally enamored with Simpson after seeking out more information directly after his visit. Stay tuned with SB Nation Minnesota's StoryStream for more Vikings free agency coverage.

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