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Vikings release Ryan Longwell

Updated: May 7, 2012, 8:08 PM ET
Associated Press

MINNEAPOLIS -- The Minnesota Vikings have released 16-year veteran kicker Ryan Longwell, the latest and perhaps most dangerous turnover to date in their rebuilding project.

The surprising move was made Monday, a little more than a week after the team drafted Georgia kicker Blair Walsh in the sixth round. Shortly after Longwell said goodbye to Vikings fans on Twitter -- he thanked them for their cheers and said they've "been awesome" to him and his family -- the team announced the decision ...

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