MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — The Minnesota Vikings have cut longtime kicker Ryan Longwell from its roster, the team announced Monday.
Head coach Leslie Frazier stated, “Ryan has meant a great deal to the Vikings organization both on and off the field over the past six seasons. We wish him all the best in the future and thank him for his service to the Minnesota Vikings.”
Longwell, a 16-year veteran, also tweeted earlier in the day about the news.
“To all in Viking Nation. Can’t thank you enough for your cheers over the past 6 years! You’ve been awesome to me and my family. God Bless!”
The Minnesota Vikings had already drafted Georgia place-kicker Blair Walsh in the sixth round last month. Longwell will be 38 in August. He spent six seasons with the Minnesota Vikings.
Longwell signed a four-year contract last summer that called for a $1.75 million salary this season.
Longwell is the third all-time leading score in Vikings history and is the Packers’ all-time leading scorer. Last season, he was 22-for-28 on field goals and made 38-of-39 extra points.