Vikings give Jerome Simpson $500,000 raise for being absolutely terrible last season
The Vikings gave Simpson a $2.1 million contract. We'd like to know what team would've paid him $2 million.
Last spring, the Vikings signed wide receiver Jerome Simpson. He was coming off the best season of his career in Cincinnati but arrived in Minnesota with some baggage.
In the fall of 2011, Simpson was charged with a felony drug trafficking charge after authorities found more than six pounds of ganja along with scales and packaging materials inside his Kentucky home. But in a legal strategy that would make Snoop Dogg proud, Simpson successfully argued all that grass was nothing more than his personal stash and he ended up pleading guilty to a lesser "prohibited act relating to controlled substances" charge. He spent 15 days in jail, was sentenced to three years of probation, and was suspended for the first three games of the 2012 season.
But after he served his suspension, Simpson was never able to get his season on track. He struggled through a back injury and a persistant case of the drops en route to just 26 catches, 274 yards, and the same amount of touchdowns as I scored last season.
With his one-year contract up, many Vikings observed figured the disaster that was 2012 would end up as Simpson's one and only year in purple. But this week, not only did the Vikings resign him -- they actually gave him a $500,000 raise!
The one-year contract Simpson signed on Tuesday is worth $2.1 million, an NFL source said.
That's up from a maximum value of $2 million on his one-year deal last season, of which he collected a little more than $1.6 million.
The new deal includes a $500,000 signing bonus and $250,000 workout bonus, with the rest tied up in a $1.35 million base salary. Unlike last season, there are no per-game roster bonuses, despite the fact Simpson, 27, had trouble staying healthy in 2012.
Considering Simpsons's inexplicable raise and the surprising move to release respected and still-productive veteran cornerback Antoine Winfield with just a year left on his contract, we have to wonder whether Vikings General Manager Rick Spielman has been treating himself to some of Jermone's stash this week.
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