Kain Colter had what it took to battle the NCAA and stand up for players’ rights to unionize, but he didn’t have what it took to make the Minnesota Vikings as a wide receiver.
Per the Pioneer-Press, the Vikings likely will cut the one-time Northwestern quarterback but will attempt to bring him back to the practice squad.
Colter was signed by the Vikings as a UDFA after his final season at Northwestern. Though Colter played QB in college, the Vikings used him strictly as a wide receiver. He will have to clear waivers before the Vikings can bring him back to their 10-man scout team.
Though Colter excelled on the field for Northwestern, he became better-known as the face of the ultimately-failed effort to unionize college players.
Some fans have given Colter grief for his views, much the same way fans still go after former Vikings punter Chris Kluwe for having the audacity to hold personal opinions.
Teams don’t care so much about a player’s politics as long as he can produce on the field. The Vikings obviously have no concerns about Colter’s views if they’re trying to bring him back to their practice squad.
I guess Colter has been careful not to ruffle any feathers in Minnesota. There are some men on the coaching staff in particular who become uncomfortable whenever anyone disagrees with their opinions.
Colter is small and shifty and is hoping to catch on in the NFL as a slot receiver of the Danny Woodhead variety. If he can’t make it in the NFL, he has a nice career ahead of him as a lawyer, or union leader, or politician.