Chargers release punter Mike Scifres

The 13-year veteran has been replaced.

Punter Mike Scifres spent 13 seasons with the Chargers after being drafted by the franchise in 2003.

Last season will be his final one with the organization, as general manager Tom Telesco and head coach Mike McCoy announced today that Scifres, a respected veteran, has been released.

The team drafted a punter in the sixth round today -- Drew Kaser out of Texas A&M -- and before they made that pick, made a call to Scifres to inform him of the decision.

"I called [Scifres] and told him what our plan was," Telesco said. "We were going to draft a punter with this pick, and we were going to release him. I told him how thankful we were for what he did for this community, number one, and number two, as a punter and a football player. He'll probably go down as the best punter in this organization's history. He's a great player. I have a lot of respect for him as a professional. It was a tough phone call to make."

Scifres, who turns 36 in October, will cost about $3.6 million. Kaser, 23, stands to make about $500,000.
Kaser will join former Texas A&M teammate Josh Lambo, kicker for the Chargers, when he takes the field in San Diego.

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