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Vikings waive four rookies to sign UDFA class

Posted by: Matt Vensel Updated: May 13, 2014 - 1:49 PM

The Vikings waived running back Bradley Randle, guard Josh Samuda and linebackers Terrell Manning and Simoni Lawrence to make room on their 90-man offseason roster for their new undrafted rookie free agents. None of those four players played a snap for the Vikings.

Samuda suffered a gruesome ankle injury last month during the first week of the team’s offseason program. The injury will sideline him for all of the 2014 season.

Manning and Lawrence were signed this offseason, too, but the linebacker position is even more crowded after the Vikings drafted Anthony Barr and Brandon Watts over the weekend.

The team also officially announced the signing of 15 rookie free agents. There is only one change from the list the team announced after the draft. Fresno State guard Austin Wentworth did not end up signing with the Vikings and the team has added Missouri Western quarterback Travis Partridge.

The Vikings now have 89 players on their roster.

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