The Vikings released kicker Ryan Longwell Monday after 3 seasons with the Vikings and 16 NFL seasons mostly with the Green Bay Packers. Longwell made 22 of 28 field goals for the Vikings in 2011.  He was given a 3-year $1.75 Million extension last summer.  Longwell said good bye to fans on twitter and head coach Leslie Frazier thanked Longwell for his work and wished him well.

The Vikings drafted kicker Blair Walsh of Georgia in the 6th round of the NFL draft in April.