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Chargers Will Release Longtime P Mike Scifres

Nov 22, 2015; San Diego, CA, USA; San Diego Chargers punter Mike Scifres (5) punts during the fourth quarter against the Kansas City Chiefs at Qualcomm Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports
Nov 22, 2015; San Diego, CA, USA; San Diego Chargers punter Mike Scifres (5) punts during the fourth quarter against the Kansas City Chiefs at Qualcomm Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports
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We all knew this was coming.

General manager Tom Telesco announced that punter Mike Scifres will be released next week.

"He's a true pro. When people ask what it means to be a Charger, I'll point to Mike Scifres. Thank you Mike. We're going to miss you." McCoy

— San Diego Chargers (@Chargers) April 30, 2016

The Chargers pretty much made that clear when they selected former Texas A&M punter Drew Kaser in the sixth round of the 2016 NFL Draft. He is the first punter drafted by the Chargers since Scifres was taken in 2004.

Few punters made more of an impact on the game than Scifres. He is the Chargers’ all-time leader with a 45.2-yard career punting average. He was a passionate player who played in 195 games. There’s no need to provide any statistics to show how accurate he was.

Scifres is 35 years old and has been banged up the past two seasons. He would have counted $3.6 million against the cap. While it’s hard to see him go, this was the right move for the Chargers.

Take care, Mike. Chargers fans will always remember what you did for this team.

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