Oct 9, 2011; Foxborough, MA, USA; New York Jets punter T.J. Conley (4) punts the ball in the third quarter against the New England Patriots at Gillette Stadium. The Patriots defeated the Jets, 30-21. Mandatory Credit: David Butler II-USA TODAY Sports

Minnesota Vikings release punter T.J. Conley

The Minnesota Vikings released punter T.J. Conley, the player tweeted Monday.

Conley, 27, signed with the Vikings in January with the expectation that he would compete with Chris Kluwe in the offseason.

The team selected UCLA punter Jeff Locke in fifth round of the 2013 NFL Draft, making Conley expendable.

General manager Rick Spielman reportedly intends to let Locke and Kluwe battle it out in Training Camp. The Vikings took kicker Blair Walsh out of Georgia in the sixth round last season and shortly thereafter cut veteran Ryan Longwell.

Kluwe, 31, is due a non-guaranteed salary of $1.45 million this season. He is scheduled to become a free agent after the season.

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  • Jeff Johnson

    Sorry T.J.,did you show up at winter park with a save the whales bumper sticker on your car? Not a safe place to be if you are a free thinker.

  • DownAndDistance

    Jeff, you’re disappointing if you are attempting to take a swing at Viking management with your weak humor. You’re feeble comments were also not well thought out. What you should have suggested was whether the sports writers, who were such champions of Punters-Are-Football-Players-Too, are going to cry foul on behalf of TJ as well. Unlike CK, TJ DOES fit into the organization’s youth movement, albeit his performance leaves them wanting as well. They should now wonder what TJ strongly believes in that got him the boot (No pun intended)? Perhaps these same sports writers will come to Nick Harris’ aid when he is cut by Detroit since drafting a punter in the 5th round themselves (Interesting that NH had similar numbers across the punting index as CK in ’12). Hey, maybe NH will take heed and keep his mouth shut…it may very well save his job despite his underwhelming game performance.

    Furthermore, there is a distinctive difference between “free thinking” and free-speaking; neither of which is regarded as “free” in American terms. Many paid the price for our freedom to express our viewpoints publicly.

    Lastly, CK’s safety was never threatened by management; just his job. Off the field is generally a safe place for football players. The word you might have chosen to employ instead is “secure”. CK’s job became less secured when his overall play eroded, despite one of his best years ever. I apologize for the long and perhaps abrasive commentary but I am so tired of all the CK apologists. Punters who underperform and are costly get cut just like any other position player. Who cares what their world views are?! Of course his hateful and profane methods probably did not help his cause. Would you rather live with a supportive and encouraging spouse or a profane and critical one if all other things about him or her were average? So let’s move on already. Football is a game of kicks. Some times you do the a_ _kicking other times you get your a__ _ kicked.