The 27-year-old Simpson has starter-caliber talent but hasn’t always lived up to his potential. He hauled in 26 passes for 274 yards and no TDs in 12 games (10 starts) for Minnesota in 2012.
After trading star receiver Percy Harvin to Seattle yesterday, a few hours prior to the 2013 League Season beginning the Vikings brought back Jerome Simpson on a one year deal.
The NFC North is a division particularly close to my heart because my team, the Green Bay Packers are in it. If I'm a Viking fan though, I wouldn't rejoice after reading this news. I wouldn't rejoice anyway after that stat line listed above but another reason is that they might not be making a big splash in the free agent receiver market.
They've been linked to Mike Wallace and since the middle of the season Viking fans have been talking about how great Greg Jennings will look in purple this season.
Coming to terms with Simpson now gives the Vikings a receiver core of Simpson, Jarius Wright, Stephen Burton and Greg Childs, who will probably never play again after suffering a double knee injury last year in training camp.
I don't believe that the Vikings will make a big time splash and acquire Wallace, Jennings or give up one of their first round picks to get a guy like Victor Cruz. Instead, I believe that the Vikings will use the 23rd or 25th overall pick to select a wide receiver or package them to move up in the draft to grab a guy that they want.
I've done two NFL Mock Draft's here on TJRSports.com and both of them I have the Vikings selecting a receiver. Tavon Austin or DeAndre Hopkins might be the guy they want or they could trade up for a guy like Cordarrelle Patterson. GM Rick Speilman had a great draft in 2012 and he's looking to improve in 2013. Only time will tell.
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