Vikings Waive Kain Colter, Jesse Somsel


Say goodbye to a pair of UDFAs, one from 2014 and one from this year’s crop. Today the Minnesota Vikings waived WR Kain Colter and OG Jesse Somsel.

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Colter was signed by the Vikings as a UDFA out of Northwestern last year, receiving the largest bonus of all the Vikings’ undrafted rookie free agents. Colter failed to make the team out of camp but did catch on with the practice squad. Earlier this year he was signed to a futures contract.

Somsel was among ten UDFAs signed by the Vikings in the immediate wake of this year’s draft. The Saginaw Valley State OG is a workout warrior as demonstrated in this video of him hitting 46 reps on the 225-pound bench press.

Colter and Somsel join the growing list of players the Vikings have cut loose as they reshape the back end of their 90-man roster ahead of OTAs. Last week the Vikings said goodbye to Austin Wentworth, Ahmad Dixon, Antonio Richardson, Henry Josey and Ryan Otten.

Cutting Colter and Somsel gives the Vikings a couple roster spots to use for signing try out players. This weekend the Vikings tried out at least 50 players at rookie minicamp and, if history is any indication, a couple of those players will indeed be picked up.

In 2013, Adam Thielen was signed by the Vikings on the strength of his rookie camp try out and went on to make the roster in 2014. So there’s hope for these guys. But there’s also sadness for Kain Colter and Jesse Somsel, who were both on-hand for this weekend’s minicamp and clearly did not impress.

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