The Minnesota Vikings signed two free agents to the active roster on Monday morning, bringing the team’s total to 90 players. Tre Roberson, a standout quarterback at Indiana and Illinois State, will play cornerback for the Vikings. Troy Stoudermire, the NCAA’s all-time leading kick returner and a former Golden Gopher, signed as a wide receiver.
Both Roberson and Stoudermire have connections back to Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer. In April 2013, Stoudermire signed with the Cincinnati Bengals as an undrafted free agent, but was released before the start of the regular season. He spent a few months in Cincinnati with Zimmer, who was the Bengals’ then-defensive coordinator.
Though Roberson didn’t play for Zimmer, both attended Illinois State, where Zimmer spent time as both a quarterback and linebacker. His collegiate career was cut short after suffering a neck injury that required surgery by doctors at the Mayo Clinic. Zimmer would eventually work his way up the coaching ranks before landing the head job with the Vikings in 2014.