This isn't likely to quell the anxiety of Vikings fans who on Monday watched their most unique playmaker exit stage left. There's no quick fix to replacing Harvin. Simpson is nothing more than a depth move.
Vikings general manager Rick Spielman said in January that he believed Simpson can "really thrive" if he's put in the right situation. The Vikings' air attack didn't scare anyone last season, and Simpson's mere 26 catches for 274 yards in 10 starts didn't help.
The Vikings have been linked to big-money free agents Mike Wallace and Greg Jennings. Landing at least one major name would bring Minnesota closer to building a legitimate stable of receivers. Plugging Simpson in as a third or fourth option is closer to that "right situation" Spielman described after the season.
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