Minneapolis, MN (NNCNOW.com) --- After selecting a punter in the fifth round of the 2013 NFL Draft, the Minnesota Vikings officially announced on Monday the release of punter Chris Kluwe.
Kluwe spent the past eight seasons with the Vikings, ranking first in team history with a 44.4-yard career gross punting average and 198 punts inside the 20-yard line.
The 30-year-old Kluwe did post a career-best 39.7-yard net punting average in 2012, but that was only good for 17th-best in the league. Minnesota also ranked 20th in gross punting average and 31st in punts inside the 20-yard line for the 2012 season.
UCLA's Jeff Locke was the fifth-round selection of Minnesota in the 2013 NFL Draft, a pick many said marked the beginning of the end for Kluwe with Minnesota.
Locke is a left-footed punter who is second in Bruins' history with a 44.6-yard career gross punting average, having also handled the kickoff duties during his tenure.