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.