SANTA CLARA — The San Francisco 49ers just announced the NFL has suspended wide receiver Jerome Simpson for the first six games of next season.
The Minnesota Vikings cut Simpson in 2014 after he was charged with driving with an open container of alcohol and possession of marijuana. Earlier that year, Simpson pleaded guilty to third-degree DUI and careless driving. Simpson’s six-game suspension seems to be the NFL’s punishment for these incidents.
The Niners signed Simpson this offseason to a two-year, $$1.73-million contract, presumably to be the team’s No. 3 receiver. While he’s serving his suspension the No. 3 receiver will be either Bruce Ellington, Quinton Patton or DeAndrew White.
UPDATE: Here’s a written statement from 49ers general manager Trent Baalke: “The probability of a suspension was known when we signed Jerome. Since joining the 49ers, Jerome has proven to be a great teammate. Although he will not be able to participate in the first six weeks of the season, Jerome has done everything asked of him, both on and off the field. We are in full support of the NFL’s decision, and look forward to Jerome’s future contributions to our organization.”