Vikings sign AFL, CFL veteran DE Rayford, cut QB Devlin

Defensive end Caesar Rayford participates in drills during the NFL Veteran Combine.

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The NFL’s first veteran combine proved useful for the Minnesota Vikings and a pair of veterans trying to find their way back in the NFL.

Minnesota signed defensive end Caesar Rayford in addition to quarterback Mike Kafka after both players participated in the veteran combine last month. The Vikings released quarterback Pat Devlin in a corresponding move.

Rayford’s journey to Minnesota has been an adventure. The 6-foot-7, 285-pound defensive end has spent time in the Arena Football League and Canadian Football League. Rayford, 29, has played in seven NFL games. He had five tackles in seven games for the Dallas Cowboys in 2013.

"God is good and thanks to my exposure at â€ª#‎NFLVETERANCOMBINE and all the hard work I ve put it in paid off I have signed with the Minnsota Vikings. The WORK DOESNT STOP!!!!!" Rayford tweeted after signing.

He spent the 2014 season with the Calgary Stampeders and Montreal Alouettes in the CFL.

Kafka, 27, has played in four games in his NFL career, all coming in 2011 with the Philadelphia Eagles when he was 11 of 16 for 107 yards passing and two interceptions. Kafka was a fourth-round draft pick by Philadelphia in 2010 out of Northwestern and spent part of last season with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers but didn’t play in a game.

"Feels good to be back in purple!! @NUFBFamily @Vikings," Kafka tweeted.

After releasing Devlin, Minnesota has three quarterbacks on its roster with starter Teddy Bridgewater, veteran backup Shaun Hill and Kafka.

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