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Report: Jerome Simpson suspended three games by NFL for drug case

Report: Jerome Simpson suspended three games by NFL for drug case

By Will Brinson | NFL Writer
Simpson reportedly got three games from Goodell for his drug charges. (Getty Images)

Several weeks ago, Jerome Simpson was given his punishment for drug charges by a court of law. Roger Goodell has reportedly also decided how to punish Simpson, and it's by suspending him three games.

That's according to Adam Schefter of ESPN who reported Tuesday morning that Simpson will get three games from Goodell for violating the substance-abuse policy.

On April 5, Simpson was given a 15-day jail sentence and three years of probation after being tried on drug charges from January, when his girlfriend signed for a large package of marijuana at his house.

It's fascinating, at least to me, to see the difference in punishment for Simpson on the NFL level and the "real world" level. He got 15 days from court, which is just about 1/24th of a year. And he got three games from Goodell, which is more than 1/5th of the NFL year. (The probation argument doesn't stand up, so don't bother; he's also on double-secret probation with Goodell.)

Simpson's a free agent currently, but now that his punishment is known, it seems likely that someone will sign him. He's a talented wide receiver who really started to break out in 2011 and certainly will remain in everyone's minds for his ridiculous pre-Christmas flip into the end zone against the Cardinals.

The Bengals have to at least consider bringing Simpson back and the Rams have shown interest in Simpson as well. With his suspension looming, he'll be significantly cheaper to sign and could end up being pretty nice value on a shorter deal.

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