Simpson was suspended for a third time by the NFL.
“The probability of a suspension was known when we signed Jerome,” general manager Trent Baalke said. “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.”
Simpson, 6-foot-2, 190 pounds, was a former second-round draft selection by the Bengals in 2008. He was last with the Vikings and totaled a single-season best 726 receiving yards in 2013.
He didn't play in 2014 after the Vikings cut him following a three-game suspension for violating the NFL's substance-abuse policy.
Free-agent wide receiver
Simpson did not play in 2014 after being released by the Vikings in September. In 2013, he registered 48 receptions for 726 yards and one touchdown for the Vikings.
Simpson was already serving a suspension for a drunken-driving arrest last season, but would have been eligible to return Monday. Reports popped up Thursday that Simpson was in more legal trouble. He was cited on charges of marijuana possession, open bottle and violation of his limited drivers license in July, and was scheduled to appear in count in November.
Simpson was charged on July 7 for marijuana possession, open bottle and violating a limited drivers license, according to ESPN. The team has not commented. He is serving his current suspension for violating the league's substance abuse policy after a drunken-driving arrest last season.
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