Raiders officially sign Chris Kluwe

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During the 2012 regular season, punter Chris Kluwe showed support for former Raiders punter Ray Guy.  Now, the Raiders are giving Kluwe a chance to join Guy’s line of successors.

The Raiders announced on Friday that Kluwe has joined the team.  According to Paul Gutierrez of CSNBayArea.com, the Raiders waived punter Bobby Cowan to create a roster spot for Kluwe.

An eight-year veteran, Kluwe was cut last week by the Vikings after the team drafted punter Jeff Locke in the fifth round of the 2013 draft.

The move brings Kluwe back to his home state of California, with a team that can’t say it didn’t know that Kluwe has plenty of non-football interests, including strong support for gay rights.  He’ll now be employed in the state that spawned the current Supreme Court case regarding the constitutionality of bans on same-sex marriage.

Kluwe and Marquette King likely will compete for the chance to replace Shane Lechler, a 2000 draft pick who signed earlier this year with the Texans.  The terms of Kluwe’s contract, which currently aren’t disclosed, will go a long way toward indicating whether Kluwe has, yes, a leg up.

31 responses to “Raiders officially sign Chris Kluwe

  1. Your job it to mentor Marquette King, push him with a quasi-competion, and then take a powder. Let’s not forget how much of this guy’s punts were in the roller skating arena in Minneapolis and Detroit (obligatory Ditka reference for those who aren’t following along).

  2. Oh what the heck because it’s May…

    GOP nominee in 2016 please support gay marriage and give up on the social issues. Otherwise we’re going to continue to be broke with another Democrat in the White House!

  3. let the battle begin…..don’t count king out…he has a rocket of of a leg, and can boom them, but he has hands of stone.

  4. It’s all about competition! They want competition on all spots, even Special Teams!

  5. He’ll now be employed in the state that is looking to disenfranchise its own people who voted against gay marriage by a large margin by ignoring the will of their people and bringing the current Supreme Court case regarding the constitutionality of bans on same-sex marriage.

    Fixed it.

  6. If he’s happy and productive,I don’t really care about the rest.perhaps he will push Marquette king to try and be the best he can.may the best man win

  7. Best of luck to Kluwe! Seems like a nice enough guy, but didn’t punt as well last year, so I hope he gets more consistent this year and lands the roster spot.

  8. Win -win for both sides.

    Kluwe pushes King. Worst case for Kluwe, King wins, Kluwe stays relevant and on film through training camp and pre-season, catches on with another team a lot faster than if he spent the summer punting on a high school practice field.

  9. Perfect team for him. He can be an advocate for all those lame raiders fans who prance around in plastic gothic Halloween costumes like a sea of Capitol One Card commercial grunts pretending they are tough.

  10. jetsjetsjetsnow says: May 17, 2013 7:42 PM

    Perfect team for him. He can be an advocate for all those lame raiders fans who prance around in plastic gothic Halloween costumes like a sea of Capitol One Card commercial grunts pretending they are tough.
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    This coming from a guy whose team’s unofficial mascot wore a fireman’s hat, and quit because the team is so pathetic.

  11. shaggytoodle says: May 17, 2013 6:16 PM

    He gets to play with a better QB, than he would if he was still in Minny.

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    Yeah cuz punters and QBs play together.
    The level of moronic comments that get made is unreal.

  12. I think its the perfect place for him. He can concentrate on his activism instead of football as the Raiders concentrate on being relevant instead of football….perfect fit!

  13. I now look forward to tons of articles about Bobby Cowan being cut. About whether “something else” contributed to his release. Do we know if he’s ever been vocal about some pet personal crusade? If so, that’s probably what did him in.

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