Vikings release long snapper Loeffler

The Minnesota Vikings departed ways with long-time long snapper Cullen Loeffler.

The Minnesota Vikings have released long snapper Cullen Loeffler.

Loeffler was entering his 12th NFL season and was battling Kevin McDermott, who had two years of experience at the position.

The release of Loeffler comes two days after the kicker Blair Walsh missed three field goals and an extra point in the team’s third preseason game. Loeffler was the snapper on misses from 35 and 38 yards, but McDermott snapped for the missed 49-yarder and the missed extra point.

Loeffler and McDermott had been splitting reps equally in the offseason practices, training camp and the preseason.

“I am forever grateful for my time in Minnesota and the opportunity to be a Viking for so long,” Loeffler tweeted. “It has been a great run. Thank You! #Skol”

Loeffler was in the final year of his contract, scheduled to make $970,000.

“These types of decisions are the hardest part of our jobs,” General Manager Rick Spielman said in a statement. “Cullen was outstanding in the community and on the field for the Vikings. He handled his business with class and his impact in the locker room and on the franchise were second to none. We wish him the best in the future.”

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