Fans of the Minnesota Vikings collectively wondered “What are they thinking?” when the San Francisco 49ers signed Jerome Simpson to a two year deal on Thursday. The best theory I saw was that the increased attention being paid to defensive pass interference could make him incredibly valuable.
Still, the signing was a curious one considering his multiple transgressions in Cincinatti and Minnesota, especially with Niners CEO Jed York vowing all offseason long that he would be instituting a new “win with class” mission in San Francisco.
The team has been ran through the wringer over their many off-field problems and York has been quoted as saying he is the person ultimately responsible for making the necessary changes.
So, what was his response when asked about the signing of Simpson?
“I don’t know what the thinking was.”
Well, that was fast. The buck stops he… he… he’s the guy you want, over there!
Most Vikings fans had the same reaction as York, however, as we also didn’t know what G.M. Trent Baalke was thinking. When one considers that they are probably not bringing Chris Cook back for another year, however, you start to realize that it might not be such a bad trade off from a P.R. standpoint.