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Kluwe excited to join Raiders

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Posted: 05/16/2013 1:18 PM

Kluwe excited to join Raiders 


By BRENDON AYANBADEJO



BOWLING GREEN, OHIO.



Throughout their history, the Oakland Raiders have seen their share of colorful personalities. And in 2013, they’re adding another, signing punter Chris Kluwe on Wednesday. The signing will be formally announced on Thursday. 

Kluwe, who was released by the Minnesota Vikings on May 6, will step in for Pro Bowler Shane Lechler, who left Oakland for the Houston Texans via free agency. Kluwe’s contract is for one year, and is for the league minimum.



“I’m excited to be an Oakland Raider and be playing in California,” Kluwe, who attended high school in Southern California before going to UCLA, told me on Wednesday. “Now, my family can actually come to games.”



The 31-year-old Kluwe averaged 45.0 yards on 72 punts last season as a Viking. Kluwe is the all-time Vikings leader in average yards per punt (44.4) and second all-time in total punt yards (27,683) and total punts (623). Kluwe is arguably the greatest punter in franchise history



The Raiders filled a major need with Kluwe, who also received interest from the Cleveland Browns. Lechler, 36, signed a three-year contract with the Houston Texans in March. He was a seven-time Pro Bowler who boasted two of the four top four punting average seasons in NFL history — 51.1 yards in 2009 and 50.8 yards in 2011.



Kluwe is known for his mind and mouth, as well as his leg. He is a vocal advocate of equality in sports (and life), and says he will continue to speak for what he believes.


“I’m still going to be myself socially and continue to tweet and interact with my fans,” Kluwe said.


The issue of same-sex marriage remains a hot-button one in California.
Kluwe said he was happy the same-sex marriage bill passed and was signed into law Tuesday by Gov. Mark Dayton in Minnesota. Kluwe didn’t think it would be an issue there and is ready to press forward in the Golden State.


Kluwe is focused on punting, but he says his eye is also on Proposition 8 in California. Prop 8 was passed by voters in 2008 and governs that the state only recognize marriages between a man and a woman. The law’s legality was argued before the US Supreme Court in March, with a ruling expected in June, and Kluwe is optimistic about the likely repeal of the measure. If the measure is not repealed, however, he says it will be an issue of concern that will need to be addressed.


The outspoken Kluwe also made a statement last year for legendary Raiders punter Ray Guy.


In a December game against the Chicago Bears, Kluwe covered the Pro Football Hall of Fame patch on his jersey with a post-it message that read "Vote Ray Guy," as a protest against the Hall's 50th Anniversary celebrations because there are no pure punters in Canton.


For now, however, Kluwe is hoping for the best.


“Hopefully, I’ll be able to play for the next seven years and end my career in California,” the punter, who graduated from UCLA with a double major in political science and history, said.

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Posted: 05/16/2013 5:04 PM

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It will be a sincere competition between him and the kid we kept on IR all year. I wonder if that young man (can't even recall his name) did something to piss them off during the year?

 

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Posted: 05/16/2013 11:21 PM

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Yeah, Marquette King. We also signed a rookie punter a couple weeks ago.  Last week the Raiders met with 2 vet punters but Kluwe is better than both of them I think. I don't get some of the things Reggie does. Maybe we need 3 punters on the team because we'll go 3 and out a lot and they will have to rotate them?noidea


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Posted: 05/17/2013 7:01 AM

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Anyone who sticks up for Ray Guy is cool in my book.

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Posted: 05/17/2013 9:00 AM

53 positions to fill.... 


....and only one will be the punter!blah2
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Posted: 05/17/2013 9:16 AM

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Why are you questioning Reggie about carrying 3 punters right now?  The spot is up for grabs.  King is a raw talent.  Kluwe has real NFL experience. And, the other guy they brought to kick the tires on.  Raiders have often carried 2-3 punters and kickers to give the real starters a break in camp.  It doesn't even make sense to criticize Reggie here.




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Posted: 05/17/2013 10:03 AM

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It's not so much a criticism as questioning. I fully understand the reasons for having them in camp. Last year we held on to King knowing full well we wouldn't have Lechler this year. Which led me to believe that Reggie thought King was going to be the next great punter of the Raiders. No reason to keep him on IR otherwise.
This year rolls around and I fully understand why the Raiders were talking to some not very good vets McBrair and Baker. To teach and compete and finally let go in favor of King.  But then they sign Kluwe who is a pretty good punter - better than a lot of other teams punters.

So, what I don't understand is why King was put on IR last year.


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Posted: 05/17/2013 5:53 PM

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22nd in avg and 17th in net yds per punt

go with king who has the way bigger leg  as a punter

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Posted: 05/17/2013 10:52 PM

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Let em duke it out. Best leg wins.

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22nd in avg and 17th in net yds per punt

go with king who has the way bigger leg  as a punter

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Posted: 05/19/2013 3:37 AM

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We all know King has a big leg, does he have the accuracy to keep it inside the 20? Can he hit the coffin corner? I'll take a 50 yard punt that puts them inside the 10 over a 60 yard punt that gives them a touchback. Let the best combination of distance and accuracy win, because to me the twitter stuff isn't going to be a problem.

Last edited 05/19/2013 3:38 AM by golaclips

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