No one had to interpret the situation for Chris Kluwe, the opinionated Minnesota Vikings punter. Kluwe, who gained national attention last fall for his support of same-sex marriage, figured his time in Minnesota was coming to an end when the Vikings chose Jeff Locke, a U.C.L.A. punter/kicker, in the fifth round of the N.F.L. draft.
It did Monday, when the Vikings placed Kluwe, 31, on no-recall waivers. Kluwe asked General Manager Rick Spielman last week to release him quickly if the team preferred Locke.