The decision to pursue free agent receiver Jerome Simpson is a curious one for a team that has plenty of image issues like the Vikings. Even more curious, is the decision to make their interest known during the week in which their image may never be more important to their future.
“I’m not going to go into whether we’re going to sign him or not,” Rick Spielman told 1500 ESPN.
Spielman did, however, make a point of explaining how deep they are digging to see if Simpson might be worth the risk after the recent debacle that landed him 15 days in jail for a drug related felony.
“We’re in that process right now of just going through the discussion and how we feel. But I can tell you — not just in his case, any case — if there’s a guy that has a character concern, we’re going to do everything we can to turn every stone over. You wouldn’t believe how deep we went into the calls to different people that aren’t even involved with football to make sure that we felt very comfortable bringing him in here for this visit.”
Spielman also said that he and his team did plenty of research prior to even deciding to bring Simpson in for a visit.
“There was a lot of research done before he came in on his visit,” Spielman said. “I think from our ownership on down, after we’ve gathered all our information and talked to numerous people in all walks of his life (about) what type of character kid he is and what happened and why he got put in that situation and listening to him (Saturday) talk to all the people at our organization … if we do sign or we do decide to sign a Jerome Simpson, it’s going to be something that we felt comfortable enough with to bring into this organization, to give him a chance here.”
Simpson left Minnesota on Sunday without a contract.