Former CCU star Simpson gets new team, suspension

Tuesday was a busy one for former Coastal Carolina wide receiver Jerome Simpson, who found out his new home and the punishment for having marijuana delivered to his old home.

Simpson, who was recently released from jail after serving a 15-day sentence, was given a three-game suspension under the NFL’s substance abuse policy.

Hours later, according to FoxSports.com, Simpson signed a free-agent contract to join the Minnesota Vikings. Teams were awaiting word on his suspension before signing him.

Simpson, who also had talks with the St. Louis Rams, will join star wide receiver Percy Harvin in Minnesota, which finished last season with rookie Christian Ponder as the starter.

Simpson pleaded guilty on March 1 to a third-degree charge of marijuana trafficking in connection with a package of weed weighing 3.5 pounds that was delivered to his Kentucky home.

He was sentenced to 15 days in jail and three years of probation along with fines and community serice. He was released from jail on Friday.

Simpson is the highest-drafted Chanticleer in school history, going in the second round of the 2008 NFL Draft to the Cincinnati Bengals.

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