Cincinnati Bengals free agent wide receiver Jerome Simpson visited the St. Louis Rams on Wednesday. On Thursday, he was in a Covington, KY, courthouse facing sentencing for a marijuana charge, stemming from a September 2011 arrest marijuana trafficking.
With Simpson to lend moral support is Bengals cornerback Pacman Jones.
At court supporting my dude J.Simpson ,— ADAm Pacman Jones (@REALPACMAN24) April 5, 2012
Simpson pleaded guilty in March on a plea agreement that lowered the charge from felony trafficking to felony act for possessing a controlled substance. Jones was arrested when he received several pounds of marijuana at his suburban Cincinnati home. As part of his plea deal, he could face as much as 60 days in jail.
His Thursday court appearance should settle the matter from a legal standpoint, but Simpson still has to deal with Roger Goodell. According to NFL rules, he could be facing a four-game suspension.
It might make Simpson a low-cost free agent addition with some decent upside. Simpson is a downfield threat, a long, speedy receiver who caught 50 passes for 725 yards and four touchdowns in a starting role with the Bengals last year. He is only 26. A team would have to be willing to take a chance and, more importantly, keep a roster spot waiting for him should he face a suspension. Fisher has a reputation for taking chances on players with a past.
Simpson is capable of doing this:
Video of the flip play:
Finally, the reaction to the touchdown is incredible.