- Ben Goessling, ESPN Staff Writer
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MINNEAPOLIS -- The Minnesota Vikings announced they re-signed wide receiver Jerome Simpson, adding some depth to their receiving corps by bringing Simpson back for his third season in Minnesota. The contract is a one-year deal, general manager Rick Spielman said on Friday.
Simpson caught 48 passes for a career-high 726 yards last season, and might have been the Vikings' best receiver during the first half of the year. He lost his starting job in November, however, after he was arrested on Nov. 9 for drunken driving in Minneapolis. Simpson, who was suspended for the first three games of the 2012 season after a drug-related arrest, pled guilty to careless driving in January, and could still face NFL discipline. But the Vikings still decided to bring Simpson back, and he figures to be the team's third receiver next season.
He played in Cincinnati while new coach Mike Zimmer was the Bengals' defensive coordinator, so the two are familiar with each other, and Simpson could fit in nicely with offensive coordinator Norv Turner's downfield passing game. The Vikings are probably set at the top of their receiving group with Cordarrelle Patterson and Greg Jennings, and Simpson can pair with Jarius Wright to fill out the roster. The team could, however, try to add another receiver now that their offense figures to open up a little more under Turner.