Charged with second-degree driving while impaired on Friday, Minnesota Vikings fullback Jerome Felton's future with the organization has immediately come into question after signing with the team as recently as March. Felton, the man projected by many to win the Vikings' starting fullback job this summer and block for elite tailback Adrian Peterson, remains in a Hennepin County jail with his bail set at $12,000.
The Vikings were mostly mum on the incident, as team spokesperson Jeff Anderson mentioned only that the team is "aware of the situation and working to gather more information." But considering how the team dealt with troubled tailback Caleb King back in early May by releasing him after an assault charge, it's conceivable that Felton might end up being released before he can even make it to training camp in a Vikings uniform.
A five-year NFL journeyman, Felton has never scored an NFL touchdown despite getting significant reps at fullback with the Detroit Lions from 2009-2010. The Vikings are Felton's fourth team in his career, but it's clear that off-the-field problems could make it hard for him to gain the trust of a professional franchise.