Vikings begin cutdown at punter position, waiving T.J. Conley
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The Minnesota Vikings cut a punter on Monday -- but not Chris Kluwe.
T.J. Conley has been waived, the team announced.
Conley, 27, punted for the New York Jets in 2011. He signed a two-year contract in January that didn't include a bonus, so there's no cap impact for cutting him now.
The Vikings had three punters on the roster after drafting UCLA's Jeff Locke in the fifth round of the NFL Draft on Saturday. So, it made sense they'd cut one to make room for signing undrafted rookies.
Kluwe, 31, says he wants to compete for the job he has held for the past eight years. He has one year left on his contract, with a non-guaranteed base salary of $1.4 million this season.