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Veteran punter Chris Kluwe was released by the Minnesota Vikings, but he was far from surprised by the transaction Monday.

The outspoken 31-year-old predicted he would cede his roster spot and job to fifth-round pick Jeff Locke before the team's June minicamp.

Kluwe owns the team gross punting records for a game (57.5-yard average), a season (47.6) and a career (44.4). He also had the third-highest gross average (45.0) and best net average (39.9) of his eight-year career despite battling groin and knee injuries in 2012.

Kluwe has been outspoken on many issues, including Ray Guy's Hall of Fame candidacy and gay marriage, and said recently advocating for causes he believes in would be worth losing his job with the Vikings.

--As former Atlanta Falcons defensive end John Abraham turned 35 years old Monday, the former first-round pick not only retracted mention of retirement but was attempting to sign with the Tennessee Titans.

After working out for the Titans last week, Abraham and the Titans are working to seal a deal, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter.

---The San Francisco 49ers signed Adam Snyder for two years, re-uniting the guard with the team after a one-year absence.

Snyder, 31, appeared in 121 games during his eight-year NFL career that began with the Niners in 2005. He spent the 2012 season with the Arizona Cardinals.

---Ronald Curry has been named an offensive assistant coach for the 49ers. Curry enters just his first year of professional coaching. He spent the past three years at Morrisville High School in Morrisville, N.C., as athletic director and head football coach.

---Buffalo Bills defensive end Mario Williams sued his ex-fiancee for the $785,000, 10-carat diamond engagement ring he bought before the couple split, according a complaint obtained by the Courthouse News Service.

Williams claims that Erin Marzouki ended the engagement Jan. 21, 2013.

---The Pittsburgh Steelers signed veteran free agent offensive tackle Guy Whimper and undrafted rookie free agent linebacker Terence Garvin to contracts.

To make room on the roster, the team released center Ivory Wade and defensive tackle Anthony Rashad White.

---Hall of Famer Joe Greene has retired from the Steelers' player personnel department.

Greene, 66, spent the past nine years as a special assistant for pro and college personnel for General Manager Kevin Colbert.

---Former Chicago Bears coach Mike Ditka feels Tim Tebow can succeed in the National Football League.

"I think (Tebow) can play quarterback in the NFL, but whatever offense you run might have to be tweaked a bit," Ditka told the Chicago Sun-Times. "This kid is a talent and he proved it in college. He is an outstanding leader. Now, does he have an unusual throwing motion? Yes. But there a lot of quarterbacks that didn't have a perfect throwing motion. Some of them turned out to be great quarterbacks because they were great leaders."

---Tebow is the most influential athlete in sports in 2013, according to a Forbes.com survey.

Forbes used Nielsen and E-Poll to determine which athletes influence fans the most in the U.S., and reported that 29 percent of respondents found Tebow to be "influential." Forbes.com didn't release the number of participants, but told ESPN.com that more than 1,000 participated.

Olympic swimmer Michael Phelps finished second with 25 percent of respondents finding him influential.

---Philadelphia Eagles left guard Evan Mathis will be sidelined for the upcoming organized team activities and perhaps until training camp after undergoing a minor surgical procedure on his ankle, according to Comcast Sports Net Philadelphia.

---Cleveland Browns seventh-round draft pick Armonty Bryant was arrested Friday in Ada, Okla., and charged with driving under the influence, according to a police report obtained by NFL.com. The Browns said in a statement they're aware of what happened and are "collecting more information."

---After a weekend rookie camp, the Atlanta Falcons feel they may have managed to steal a couple of linebacker prospects after failing to address that need during the draft.

Linebackers Nick Clancy and Joplu Bartu, both undrafted free agent rookies, were impressive in the three-day camp that ended Sunday.

---After one rookie minicamp, Baltimore Ravens first-round draft pick Matt Elam is off to a fast start with the Super Bowl champions. Elam intercepted several passes and confidently delivered the defensive signals to his teammates.

That, and the re-signing of starting offensive tackle Bryant McKinney last Thursday, made for a very upbeat mood on the team the last few days.

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