Why? They had a plan as always. Release the old guy and start the new guy. They are trying to make the Vikings a younger team.
But what's most surprising is that they weren't so nice about releasing Tom Pellisero says in one of his tweets.
I'm told this was not in any way mutual. #Vikings told Longwell they're moving on. Surprising to say the least.— Tom Pelissero (@TomPelissero) May 7, 2012
Ryan Longwell will be 38 this season and he's bound to retire some time soon. It's just surprising now.