The NFL offseason is upon us, which means teams around the NFL are starting to decide who is going to stay on their roster and who is going to be asked to leave. For the Minnesota Vikings, they have already seen decisions made for them, as Matt Cassel is voiding his contract and leaving by choice, but not every decision is out of their hands.
When it comes to receiver Jerome Simpson, the Vikings are trying to decide if the risk of bringing him back is worth the potential reward of what he can do on the field.
ESPN.com blogger Ben Goessling believes that despite the off the field issues, the Vikings may end up bringing Simpson back on a one-year deal.
Simpson remains a risk, but if he’s able to line up outside and allow Jennings to move to the slot on three-receiver sets, he’d still have value to the Vikings. The guess here is the team will bring Simpson back on another one-year deal and see if he can reward their continuing faith in him.
It’s worth mentioning that Mike Zimmer was on the Cincinnati Bengals staff when Simpson was a receiver there, and that might be something that keep the receiver around. Simpson has showed flashes but he’ll be playing a third-receiver role if he comes back to the Vikings at all.