Originally written on Sports-Glory  |  Last updated 5/7/12

Minnesota Vikings kicker Ryan Longwell converts a field goal against the Washington Redskins on ESPN Monday Night Football September 11, 2006 in Washington. The Vikings won 19 - 16. (Photo by Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images)

Longtime Vikings Kicker Ryan Longwell sent out a tweet Monday thanking "Viking Nation" after the Minnesota Vikings decided to realease him.

Longwell, 37, signed a four-year contract extension with the Vikings last year but with a mediocre performance in 2011, 22-of-28 in field goals, the Vikings chose to release the kicker that spent six seasons with them and nine seasons in Green Bay.

The Vikings will likely give their sixth round draft pick Blair Walsh a chance to become the starter.  

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