Vikings release four, sign 15 rookies

The Vikings released four young players on the roster in order to make room for the signing of 15 undrafted rookies.

The Vikings announced the signing of 15 undrafted rookies and the release of four players previously on the roster.

In order to make room on the roster, which has an offseason limit of 90, the Vikings released LB Terrell Manning, RB Bradley Randle, G Josh Samuda and LB Simoni Lawrence. Samuda suffered a severe ankle injury in the team's veteran minicamp prior to the draft and had surgery to repair the damaged ligaments.

All four of the players released had rookies that were drafted at their positions – with linebackers Manning and Lawrence losing out on roster spots after the drafting of Anthony Barr in the first round and Brandon Watts in the seventh round. The Vikings drafted Jerrick McKinnon in the third round, and he is a smaller third-down back just as Randle was while serving time on the Vikings' practice squad last year. At guard, the Vikings drafted David Yankey in the fifth round and signed five undrafted rookies on the offensive line.

The only change from the undrafted rookies that the Vikings had agreed to terms with following the draft Saturday night was the addition of Missouri Western QB Travis Partridge and not signing OG Austin Wentworth.

The other undrafted rookies to sign were OG Conor Boffeli of Iowa, OT Pierce Burton of Mississippi, WR Kain Colter of Northwestern, DE Rakim Cox of Villanova, DT Isame Faciane of Florida International, WR Donte Foster of Ohio, OT Matt Hall of Belhaven, C Zac Kerin of Toledo, TE A.C. Leonard of Tennessee State, WR Erik Lora of Eastern Illinois, OT Antonio Richardson of Tennessee, DE Tyler Scott of Northwestern, DE Jake Snyder of Virginia and RB Dominique Williams of Wagner.

The roster is currently at 89 players.

The Vikings have their three-day rookie minicamp starting Friday in which dozens of players will be attending on a tryout basis, so the open spot might be held in case the team wants to sign one of those on a tryout basis.

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