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Kluwe says he’s signing with Raiders

Veteran punter Chris Kluwe told former teammate Brendon Ayanbadejo he will be signing with the Raiders, according to a Fox Sports.com report.

Ayanbadejo writes a column for Fox Sports.com and quoted Kluwe as saying, “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.”

Kluwe, 31, averaged 45.2 yards on 70 punts for the Minnesota Vikings last season. Veteran punter Shane Lechler signed with the Houston Texans this offseason, with Marquette King, who stayed on the roster last season following a weight room accident, and undrafted Idaho free agent Bobby Cowan also on the roster.

The socially active kicker, with a double-major in political science and history out of UCLA, is known for speaking his mind and is an advocate for same-sex marriage.

Last season December in a game against the Chicago Bears, Kluwe wore a jersey with a Hall of Fame patch covered with a post-it note which said, “Vote Ray Guy,” to protest the fact that there are punters in the Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio.

Kluwe would be the second piece added to the Raiders special teams in two days, with the Raiders reportedly coming to terms with Josh Cribbs Monday.

Neither move has been confirmed by the Raiders.

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  • Gdog

    Charlie Says:
    May 16th, 2013 at 10:52 am

    Gdog

    We are 49-111 over the last ten years and 9-51 against playoff teams over that same time frame losing by an average score of 30-13 and you are blaming Reggie for cutting the players?????????????
    (Maybe it is all the coaches fault-oops, we tried seven of them as well over the last decade).

    That is how you rationalize that the $50 million dead money we have on our cap this year is Reggie’s fault??????

    That is a non sequitur.

    I am afraid you need quite a bit of help.

    >>>>

    So are you pretending all the players Reggie chose to cut will suck next season? I beg to differ. This is Reggie’s mess too… and you seem to keep ignoring that a lot of our salary cap mess this year was because Reggie kicked the can down the road with players like Branch and Seymour, and took on the heaping pile of garbage named Brisiel.

    Why do you keep ignoring this?

    It seems odd…

  • REALLIONAIREB

    1-nation

  • bcz24

    Routt and Whimbley were already cleared off the books, I think. Many of the players Reggie let go THIS YEAR (thus counting as this years dead money) were picked up by playoff teams. I think Huff, for one, will do pretty well being surrounded by players with rings. CP almost certainly will do well with Fitz. Both of these players could have helped the Raiders win games this year, but Reggie CHOSE to get rid of them.
    ********************
    No one is trying to say that all these players are terrible and don’t deserve to be in the NFL… they just didn’t deserve to be at or very near the highest paid players at their position. I can’t understand why that needs to be explained.

  • bcz24

    Why do you keep ignoring this?
    ************
    Why do you keep ignoring the fact that Al could only muster 8 wins with the most expensive roster in NFL history?

  • ohioraider

    Charlie Says:
    May 16th, 2013 at 8:52 am

    Thank you SnB

    Perhaps you can carry the ball for a while.
    See my post 95 for NYC.

    Too many on this blog want an immediate fix when we are 49-111 over the last decade and drafting guys like JR and McClain.

    Positively amazing.
    ———————————
    9 winning seasons in 19 years. It goes well beyond the last decade.

    And Al defenders who focus exclusively on the roster forget that this is a business operation, and that there were catastrophic opportunity costs to blowing big money on marginal talent; for example, the scouting staff, the in house technology, the, uh, practice field, marketing, the front office itself, which was–and this in retrospect is frightening–Al, Herrera, and Trask. Let’s not forget that Al probably didn’t have the money to bring in a bona fide GM even if he wanted to.

    The scads of money blown on some of the worst rosters in recent memory nearly brought this franchise to its knees. That’s why Mark gave Reggie carte blanche to blow everything up.

  • Gdog

    Charlie Says:
    May 16th, 2013 at 10:55 am

    Gdog

    Read and learn.

    Most NFL contract guarantees contain language which allows a club to reduce the amount they owe a released player by the amount of his new deal with another club (an “offset”). Since Routt’s contract doesn’t have this language, he has been getting paid this year from both the Raiders and the Chiefs. Routt counts $10,785,334 in dead money on Oakland’s cap. Without the restructuring, his dead money would only be $3,333,334. Routt made $15 million for the one season he played under this deal.
    Kamerion Wimbley is the other major dead money charge for the Raiders at $9.9 million. McKenzie attempted to renegotiate the five-year, $48.5 million contract Wimbley received last year, but didn’t have much leverage because $6.5 million of his 2012 base salary was fully guaranteed without an offset at signing. He released Wimbley on March 16th, a day before the remaining $4.5 million of his $11 million 2012 base salary, his $11 million 2013 base salary and $2 million of his 2014 base salary became fully guaranteed. Kevin Boss and John Henderson, who were also released, are receiving $2 million and $1.5 million payments, respectively, from the Raiders this year because of salary guarantees without offsets.

    >>>>

    I stand corrected. Wimpley and Routt were all on Al.

    Now address Branch, Seymour, and Brisiel please…

    Those three outweigh Routt and Wimpley as far as wasted money.

  • Charlie

    Gdog

    Three players have left the Raiders under Reggie that were paid more money than we paid.
    Bush. Horrible value with the Bears last year.

    Wheeler. Guaranteed $13 million by the fish. (If he was that ggod why did the Colts let him walk?

    Bryant:
    Doesn’t the fact that Bryant was an undrafted free agent that could not break into the starting lineup on an awful defensive football team for four years tell you something????
    What about his arrest this past February??
    “Oakland Raiders defensive tackle Desmond Bryant was arrested Sunday morning in Florida on a criminal mischief charge, the team confirmed to NFL.com and the NFL Network.
    Bryant was booked into a Miami-Dade County, Fla., jail at 9:24 a.m. ET and was being held on a bond between $200 and $1,000.”
    Your going to give a guy a big contract because he did an average job against weak competition for four games AFTER other weak players had to get hurt tp provide the opportunity??

  • ian85

    So Joe Webb moved to WR LMFAO we should do the same with TP. Flynn and Wilson could use that 6’6 240 pound frame and 4.3 speed to throw to. Pryor could be a monster at WR make it happen Reggie.

  • RNOraiderFan

    Al could muster up only 8 wins???? Didn’t know he was playing the game. I must of been way faded at all the games I was at. Haha

  • tonedeezy

    Gdog, reggie didn’t cut players because they can’t play football. he cut them to save money and start moving forward now. in fact, i bet reggie hopes that the FAs who left play well on their new teams, so we get better comp picks for them next year.
    there is a whole economic aspect to this game that a lot of people in here don’t seem to understand.

  • inonewordraider

    How about Casey Hampton (NT) Pittsburgh as a 2-down player?
    _______
    i like it, especially with sims seemingly slotted as the starter while he hasn’t proven to be able to stay healthy

  • Twocents

    You guys are still mad that McKenzie fired Jackson and always will be.

  • nycraider

    Was it the caps fault:
    1) we signed Briesel? Worst FA signing in 2012.
    2) we hired then fired Knapp?
    3) reggie decided to rebuild in 2013 instead of 2012? 4) reggie’s draft moves have been initially analyzed as risky and average at best.

    Ill give reggie a pass with respect to the cap, but he better have hit a homerun with this draft class.No excuses, time will tell

  • Gdog

    bcz24 Says:
    May 16th, 2013 at 10:58 am

    Why do you keep ignoring this?
    ************
    Why do you keep ignoring the fact that Al could only muster 8 wins with the most expensive roster in NFL history?

    >>>>

    The team was gradually improving until Al died. I think we would still be chasing the playoffs if he was still here. Instead we are possibly looking at tying Detroit as the worst team in NFL history at 0-16 if none of our QB’s pan out.

    And you all pretend it is all Als fault. ha ha.. good one!!

  • RNOraiderFan

    What Jersey # did Al wear? Cause I’m going to order it right now!

  • R8ER MIKE

    RNOraiderFan Says:
    May 16th, 2013 at 10:43 am
    I hope one of those F’ers drops their blunt and the whole porch goes up in flames!

    ********************************
    drops their blunt …… that sir is drug abuse !!

  • DMAC

    tonedeezy Says:
    May 16th, 2013 at 10:45 am

    Here’s the deal:

    When the warriors traded Monta, idiot fans who don’t know anything about hoops booed the owner for trading away a name that the mainstream media had convinced them was our best player.
    =======

    They booed because they had already announced that they were going to move across the water.

  • Charlie

    Gdog

    Seymour was scheduled to be paid $14 million in 2012.
    That was also on Al and Seymour cost us a first round pick. This is for a guy that could not even practice.

    Branch. What has he done to say he is not worth his money???? He is a good player. We need more of them.

    Brisiel. Injured last year but played in all 16 games.

    If there was a questionable move it was Knapp. See below.

    “Still, the simple truth is that Knapp was not the Raiders’ first choice. He was hired after the Raiders interviewed a couple other candidates, and even that was long after pretty much every other team in the league had their coaching staff already set.”

  • The_Judge37

    Twocents Says:
    May 16th, 2013 at 11:01 am
    You guys are still mad that McKenzie fired Jackson and always will be.
    —-

    Not really mad he fired Jackson, just mad he replaced him with Dennis Allen.

  • Gdog

    tonedeezy Says:
    May 16th, 2013 at 11:01 am

    Gdog, reggie didn’t cut players because they can’t play football. he cut them to save money and start moving forward now. in fact, i bet reggie hopes that the FAs who left play well on their new teams, so we get better comp picks for them next year.
    there is a whole economic aspect to this game that a lot of people in here don’t seem to understand.

    >>>>

    You act like blowing the team up in a salary purge is common in the NFL or something. Name another team that has done it!! Almost all teams play the salary cap game.

  • RaidingTexas

    Sir RaiderDuck, OMS Says:
    May 16th, 2013 at 10:05 am
    Dakota Says:
    May 16th, 2013 at 10:03 am
    Eventually, we will win another SB…I mean it is simply a statistical impossibility that we would go anther 25-30 years without a SB win…right? (taking my Cubs hat off to scratch my head) Right?

    =============================================

    Tell that to KC Chiefs fans…

    ———————————————-

    Chiefs have won one, though. Titans/Oilers, anyone? Chargers? Falcons? Cards?

    It is certainly feasible that any given team may not win a SB for several decades, if never.

  • Gdog

    Charlie Says:
    May 16th, 2013 at 11:03 am

    Gdog

    Seymour was scheduled to be paid $14 million in 2012.
    That was also on Al and Seymour cost us a first round pick. This is for a guy that could not even practice.

    >>>>

    SO WHY DID HE KEEP HIM!!

  • tonedeezy

    DMAC Says:
    May 16th, 2013 at 11:03 am
    tonedeezy Says:
    May 16th, 2013 at 10:45 am

    Here’s the deal:

    When the warriors traded Monta, idiot fans who don’t know anything about hoops booed the owner for trading away a name that the mainstream media had convinced them was our best player.
    =======

    They booed because they had already announced that they were going to move across the water.
    ___________________________________________
    You’re assuming that warriors fans are from the east bay.
    i personally am, and i’m not happy about a move to sf, but that isn’t the majority.
    you are only partially right.

    however, i do love hearing Oracle belligerently droning, “WAAAAAAAAARRRIOORRRRRRRRRRRRRSSSSS!!!”
    we know where those fans’ allegiance is.

  • Gdog

    across the water.
    Charlie Says:
    May 16th, 2013 at 11:03 am

    Gdog

    Seymour was scheduled to be paid $14 million in 2012.
    That was also on Al and Seymour cost us a first round pick. This is for a guy that could not even practice.

    Branch. What has he done to say he is not worth his money???? He is a good player. We need more of them.

    Brisiel. Injured last year but played in all 16 games.

    If there was a questionable move it was Knapp. See below.

    “Still, the simple truth is that Knapp was not the Raiders’ first choice. He was hired after the Raiders interviewed a couple other candidates, and even that was long after pretty much every other team in the league had their coaching staff already set.”

    >>>

    You are the king of St. McKenzie apologists! So what happens if the team is as bad as I predict for two more years?

    Are we going to be reading the same excuses from you at this time in 2015??

  • ohioraider

    Forget it, Charlie, can’t reason with some of these people. They won’t acknowledge that it went well beyond the roster. The entire organization was in shambles.

  • nycraider

    Charlie Says:
    May 16th, 2013 at 11:03 am
    Gdog

    Seymour was scheduled to be paid $14 million in 2012.
    That was also on Al and Seymour cost us a first round pick. This is for a guy that could not even practice.

    Branch. What has he done to say he is not worth his money???? He is a good player. We need more of them.

    Brisiel. Injured last year but played in all 16 games.

    If there was a questionable move it was Knapp. See below.

    “Still, the simple truth is that Knapp was not the Raiders’ first choice. He was hired after the Raiders interviewed a couple other candidates, and even that was long after pretty much every other team in the league had their coaching staff already set.”
    ——————-
    reggie could have saved 7.5 million last febuary by cutting Seymour. Instead he gave him a new contract that really hurt us this year. that’s a fact

  • http://goducks.com Sir RaiderDuck, OMS

    Gdog Says:
    May 16th, 2013 at 11:05 am
    Charlie Says:
    May 16th, 2013 at 11:03 am

    Gdog

    Seymour was scheduled to be paid $14 million in 2012.
    That was also on Al and Seymour cost us a first round pick. This is for a guy that could not even practice.

    >>>>

    SO WHY DID HE KEEP HIM!!

    ===========================================

    Because Seymour and Kelly are both bullsh1t artists who fed him and DA a bunch of cr@p about how much better they’d perform with a “real” d-coordinator and a modern defense and whatnot.

    Notice that neither is here this season. Reggie made a rookie mistake and was not about to repeat it.

  • tonedeezy

    Gdog Says:
    May 16th, 2013 at 11:04 am
    tonedeezy Says:
    May 16th, 2013 at 11:01 am

    Gdog, reggie didn’t cut players because they can’t play football. he cut them to save money and start moving forward now. in fact, i bet reggie hopes that the FAs who left play well on their new teams, so we get better comp picks for them next year.
    there is a whole economic aspect to this game that a lot of people in here don’t seem to understand.

    >>>>

    You act like blowing the team up in a salary purge is common in the NFL or something. Name another team that has done it!! Almost all teams play the salary cap game.
    ___________________________

    most teams don’t have to blow up the entire team.
    however, look at Pittsburgh – they let good players go EVERY YEAR for salary cap reasons.
    Look at Baltimore, and the good players they let walk this year.

    Seriously dude, when talking about vet players, there’s more to this than simply, ‘can the guy play?’

  • DutchRaider77

    365.RNOraiderFan Says:
    May 16th, 2013 at 11:02 am
    What Jersey # did Al wear? Cause I’m going to order it right now!

    _____________________________________________

    Joke?

    If not you need to order a white Raider Track suit!

    With some avaitor glasses…

  • Just Fire Baby

    I didn’t boo the Ellis trade at all.

    I was bummed that we had to toss in Udoh though, and I am still not sure we will get 100 good games from Bogut.

    But Monta had to go. When you factor in how much better Jack is defensively, I think Jack might be the better player.

  • DMAC

    tonedeezy Says:
    May 16th, 2013 at 11:06 am

    DMAC Says:
    May 16th, 2013 at 11:03 am
    tonedeezy Says:
    May 16th, 2013 at 10:45 am

    Here’s the deal:

    When the warriors traded Monta, idiot fans who don’t know anything about hoops booed the owner for trading away a name that the mainstream media had convinced them was our best player.
    =======

    They booed because they had already announced that they were going to move across the water.
    ___________________________________________
    You’re assuming that warriors fans are from the east bay.
    i personally am, and i’m not happy about a move to sf, but that isn’t the majority.
    you are only partially right.

    however, i do love hearing Oracle belligerently droning, “WAAAAAAAAARRRIOORRRRRRRRRRRRRSSSSS!!!”
    we know where those fans’ allegiance is.
    =======

    No sir I’m not
    It was opening night
    Most fans in the building were probably from Oakland and the East bay
    Its true that many fans comes across the Bay to support the Dubs

  • http://goducks.com Sir RaiderDuck, OMS

    Meanwhile, I see that “Head” Welch is back in Korn. Maybe now they’ll put out an album that isn’t complete garbage.

  • The_Judge37

    Because Seymour and Kelly are both bullsh1t artists who fed him and DA a bunch of cr@p about how much better they’d perform with a “real” d-coordinator and a modern defense and whatnot.

    Notice that neither is here this season. Reggie made a rookie mistake and was not about to repeat it.
    ——

    Reggie must be real susceptible to BS, because Dennis Allen was able to shovel enough of it to become our Head Coach.

    And he’s still here this season, so Reggie doesn’t learn from all his rookie mistakes.

  • R8ER MIKE

    With some avaitor glasses…

    ***************************
    and a gold chain to hang them around your neck!!

  • nycraider

    2012 the year of the excuse
    2013 the year the excuses continue
    2014 no excuses

  • The_Judge37

    If not you need to order a white Raider Track suit!

    With some avaitor glasses…
    ——-

    LOL, i have the black Track jacket and the Alain Mikli Glasses.

  • DMAC

    Many fans at playoffs games jumped on the bandwagon. The ones that have probably always been there can’t afford tix.

  • Just Fire Baby

    reggie could have saved 7.5 million last febuary by cutting Seymour. Instead he gave him a new contract that really hurt us this year. that’s a fact

    ******************************

    What hurt us was having that mess of a contract and player already on the roster.

    Reggie was forced into a corner and to counter-punch. Did he throw the best combo off the ropes? Nope, and he got punched in the face for it.

    But Reggie didn’t put us on the ropes to begin with.

  • ohioraider

    Hey numbskulls, try to wrap your heads around this fact: blowing the roster up, redoing the front office, upgrading the infrastructure and etc., was a sign of ZERO CONFIDENCE in the entire organization top to bottom. In the context of what the franchise had become, your nitpicking over a handful of roster decisions is ludicrous. You simply refuse to understand the totality of the situation.

    But here’s the good news for you: in 3 years time Mark Davis and Reggie McKenzie own everything, every success, every failure, and everything in between. In 3 years time the proof will be in the pudding and nobody has any excuses.

  • The_Judge37

    nycraider Says:
    May 16th, 2013 at 11:12 am
    2012 the year of the excuse
    2013 the year the excuses continue
    2014 maybe another year of excuses

  • RaiderRockstar

    vet minimum for Kluwe (8 year vet) is 825k

    Lechler signed with Houston for 3-years 5.5 mil

    Lechler makes about $1.83 mil per year now

    Reggie saved a cool million swapping out the best punter in the league for a scrub who runs his mouth and begs for attention in the media

  • http://goducks.com Sir RaiderDuck, OMS

    The_Judge37 Says:
    May 16th, 2013 at 11:11 am
    Because Seymour and Kelly are both bullsh1t artists who fed him and DA a bunch of cr@p about how much better they’d perform with a “real” d-coordinator and a modern defense and whatnot.

    Notice that neither is here this season. Reggie made a rookie mistake and was not about to repeat it.
    ——

    Reggie must be real susceptible to BS, because Dennis Allen was able to shovel enough of it to become our Head Coach.

    And he’s still here this season, so Reggie doesn’t learn from all his rookie mistakes.

    ========================================

    DA being fired after one year would have signaled “same old Raiders.”

    We needed to break the pattern. With the check-cashers gone, I expect to see a well-disciplined squad that gives 100% in every game, win or lose.

    If we don’t see that, then maybe DA isn’t the right answer. But I think we will.

  • tonedeezy

    Just Fire Baby Says:
    May 16th, 2013 at 11:10 am
    I didn’t boo the Ellis trade at all.

    I was bummed that we had to toss in Udoh though, and I am still not sure we will get 100 good games from Bogut.

    But Monta had to go. When you factor in how much better Jack is defensively, I think Jack might be the better player.
    __________________________________

    we traded nate robinson for jack really.
    monta was traded for a guy who is holding his own against one of the best low post players of this generation.
    and i do agree that jack is an upgrade, but getting rid of monta improved the defense AND offense instantaneously, even if you take Bogut out of the equation.

  • Gdog

    tonedeezy Says:
    May 16th, 2013 at 11:09 am

    Gdog Says:
    May 16th, 2013 at 11:04 am
    tonedeezy Says:
    May 16th, 2013 at 11:01 am

    Gdog, reggie didn’t cut players because they can’t play football. he cut them to save money and start moving forward now. in fact, i bet reggie hopes that the FAs who left play well on their new teams, so we get better comp picks for them next year.
    there is a whole economic aspect to this game that a lot of people in here don’t seem to understand.

    >>>>

    You act like blowing the team up in a salary purge is common in the NFL or something. Name another team that has done it!! Almost all teams play the salary cap game.
    ___________________________

    most teams don’t have to blow up the entire team.
    however, look at Pittsburgh – they let good players go EVERY YEAR for salary cap reasons.
    Look at Baltimore, and the good players they let walk this year.

    Seriously dude, when talking about vet players, there’s more to this than simply, ‘can the guy play?’

    >>>>

    I asked you to name a team in the NFL that purged the roster from top to bottom.

    I am still waiting… the two teams you mentioned are playing the salary cap game… same as all other teams.

  • DMAC

    Johnny Lee RS

    Don’t you just luv the Kluwe signing?
    lol

  • hwnrdr

    348.ENGLANDRAIDER Says:
    May 16th, 2013 at 10:54 am
    And then the A’s went out and won the division and became the hottest story in baseball at the end of last season.

    +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    Wrong.
    That was the Giants.

    At the end of the reg season, the A’s was the hottest story in baseball because the A’s should never have gotten to the playoffs…
    With the Giants roster, they should win the West every year..
    That is what he meant!

  • The_Judge37

    ohioraider Says:
    May 16th, 2013 at 11:13 am
    Hey numbskulls, try to wrap your heads around this fact: blowing the roster up, redoing the front office, upgrading the infrastructure and etc., was a sign of ZERO CONFIDENCE in the entire organization top to bottom. In the context of what the franchise had become, your nitpicking over a handful of roster decisions is ludicrous. You simply refuse to understand the totality of the situation.

    ——-

    At the same time, don’t ignore the REALITY of the situation. And the reality is 4-12

  • DMAC

    Hwnrdr

    How you been brother?
    Haven’t seen you in here lately. Must b busy, huh?

  • http://goducks.com Sir RaiderDuck, OMS

    RaiderRockstar Says:
    May 16th, 2013 at 11:14 am
    vet minimum for Kluwe (8 year vet) is 825k

    Lechler signed with Houston for 3-years 5.5 mil

    Lechler makes about $1.83 mil per year now

    Reggie saved a cool million swapping out the best punter in the league for a scrub who runs his mouth and begs for attention in the media

    ===========================================

    You are aware that Lechler was solidly mediocre last year, right?

  • http://profootballtalk.com Raideraholic (AKAHairyBush)

    RaiderRockstar Says:
    May 16th, 2013 at 11:14 am
    vet minimum for Kluwe (8 year vet) is 825k

    Lechler signed with Houston for 3-years 5.5 mil

    Lechler makes about $1.83 mil per year now

    Reggie saved a cool million swapping out the best punter in the league for a scrub who runs his mouth and begs for attention in the media
    ————————–
    There’s only 1 problem with that statement.

    Lechler wouldn’t have stayed for that $$

    Truth