Vikings moving toward signing WR Jerome Simpson

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EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. (AP) -- The Minnesota Vikings have taken steps toward adding free agent Jerome Simpson, the former Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver with a felony drug conviction.

General manager Rick Spielman confirmed Tuesday the interest in Simpson, who visited the team last week. Fox Sports first reported that Simpson has agreed to terms on a contract with the Vikings, but Spielman declined to acknowledge a deal.

Simpson was sentenced April 5 to 15 days in jail, three years of probation and 200 hours of community service plus a $7,500 fine and court costs.

Simpson pleaded guilty March 1 to a prohibited act relating to controlled substances, a felony. Authorities said they tracked a shipment of 2 1/2 pounds of marijuana to his Kentucky home in September and found another pound of the drug inside the house.