Ex-Chant Simpson pleads guilty to felony drug charge

Former Coastal Carolina standout and Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver Jerome Simpson pleaded guilty to a drug charge as part of an agreement with prosecutors that could land him in prison.

Simpson made his plea to a felony count of a prohibited act relating to a controlled substance on Thursday in Kenton County Circuit Court in Covington, Ky.

The 26-year-old was indicted for trafficking in marijuana after a shipment from California was traced to his home in northern Kentucky.

Federal authorities confiscated a package containing 2.5 pounds of marijuana. Upon entering the home, investigators found six more pounds of marijuana as well as drug paraphernalia.

The agreement with prosecutors includes a 60-day jail sentence with a work release provision. An April 5 sentencing hearing has been scheduled.

Simpson had 50 receptions for 725 yards and four touchdowns this season, including what was considered the play of the season when he flipped over a defender and into the end zone in Week 16.

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