With all the excitement of the Minnesota Vikings getting all these new draft picks and undrafted free agents, some moves had to be made to make room for them. Some established players saw themselves being released along with some young players with huge potential. Here are the players the Vikings had to release:
Terrell Manning, linebacker – At only 24 years old, Manning is already a journeyman of sorts. He’s found himself released by the Green Bay Packers, San Diego Chargers, and Minnesota Vikings. He was signed by Minnesota on April 15th, making his stay with the Vikings less than one month long.
- Simoni Lawrence, linebacker – If Manning is a journeyman, Lawrence is a nomad. He’s bounced around the league a ton since entering the NFL in 2010. Here is the list of NFL teams he’s played for: Rams, Eagles, Bears, Buccaneers and Vikings. Lawrence also played for the UFL’s Hartford Colonials and Las Vegas Locomotives as well as the CFL’s Edmonton Eskimos.
- Bradley Randle, running back – This one hurts me a bit. I was really hoping to see Randle get a shot as a 3rd down running back to show off his speed, pass catching and blocking ability. Instead, Randle was made expendable when the Vikings drafted Jerick McKinnon in the 3rd round of the 2014 NFL Draft. Randle has only ever played with the Minnesota Vikings in the NFL.
- Josh Samuda, guard – Samuda is a 25 year old offensive lineman from England who played 16 games for the Miami Dolphins back in 2012. Samuda became a prime candidate for release after Minnesota signed back their entire starting offensive line from last year, added Vladamir Ducasse from free agency, and drafted David Yankey.
We at The Viking Age wish these players the best of luck in their football future and any future endeavors they wish to pursue.