Jerome Simpson has wasted his last chance in Minnesota. The wide receiver has been officially released by the Vikings after his latest run in with the authorities.
The former Cincinnati Bengal was already in the middle of serving a three game suspension for violating the NFL's substance abuse policy, and was set to return after this weekend's game, but won't get the chance to after being let go.
The Vikes cut Simpson just a few hours after media reports surfaced that he was cited for drug possession and two other offenses after being stopped earlier in the summer.
Simpson’s current suspension is his second handed down by the league. He was previously suspended for three games for violating the league’s substance abuse policy in 2012 after being arrested on drug charges while he was a member of the Bengals in 2011.
A third potential suspension would likely equal a longer punishment than his three-game suspension so Mike Zimmer and the rest of the decision makers in Minnesota took the decision to release him from his one-year, $1 million dollar contract.
The loss of Simpson won't have that much of a significant impact on Matt Cassell and the rest of the offense. In two seasons after coming over from the Cincinnati Bengals, the 28-year old had just 74 catches for 1,000 yards and one touchdown in 28 games.
The 2014 National Football League season has started off horribly for the Vikings and they can't feel close to getting to the light at the end of the tunnel any time soon, with the Adrian Peterson issue far from settled.
It's a real shame for Vikings fans who were going into this season hopeful but must be feeling completely heartbroken and waiting for it all to end right about now.