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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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  • The_Judge37

    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.
    ——-

    You mean the same old raiders who’s first order of business was to fire Head Coach Hue Jackson?

  • DMAC

    Lechler is no longer the best punter in the league. He’s been on the decline people!!!

  • R8ER MIKE

    a scrub who runs his mouth and begs for attention in the media
    *********************************
    ??? we signed KoolKell ??

  • Moose

    The_Judge37 Says:
    May 16th, 2013 at 10:22 am
    McClain retiring is just a ploy. Pretty sure Ravens were going to cut him after his latest arrest. He barely got that job so likely wouldn’t have been able to sign this year.

    Now he gets to retire, “clear his Head” and look for a team next year after he has “Rededicated” himself.

    Come on man,only one place he`s heading

  • hwnrdr

    398.DMAC Says:
    May 16th, 2013 at 11:16 am
    Hwnrdr

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

    What’s up DMAC? Been in and out…depending on what’s going on here at work! Talked to B lately? Last time was last week and he was teed off that Trask resigned!

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

    The_Judge37 Says:
    May 16th, 2013 at 11:17 am
    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.
    ——-

    You mean the same old raiders who’s first order of business was to fire Head Coach Hue Jackson?

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

    It’s been well-established that firing Hue was Mark Davis’s one requirement for giving Reggie the GM job.

  • DMAC

    R8ER MIKE Says:
    May 16th, 2013 at 11:17 am

    a scrub who runs his mouth and begs for attention in the media
    *********************************
    ??? we signed KoolKell ??
    ========

    lol
    When??

  • The_Judge37

    There’s only 1 problem with that statement.

    Lechler wouldn’t have stayed for that $$

    truth
    —–

    There’s only one problem with that statement.

    We don’t know Lechler wouldn’t have stayed because we never attempted to keep him.

    Truth

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

    DMAC Says:
    May 16th, 2013 at 11:17 am
    Lechler is no longer the best punter in the league. He’s been on the decline people!!!

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

    Exactly. Paying a guy who’s now average like he’s still the best is what Al used to do. If Al were still here, does anybody doubt we’d be paying Lechler $3-5 mil/year right now?

  • hwnrdr

    I think Lechler seen the writing on the wall, even if, as some of you will say, written in syrup!

  • DMAC

    hwnrdr Says:
    May 16th, 2013 at 11:18 am

    398.DMAC Says:
    May 16th, 2013 at 11:16 am
    Hwnrdr

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

    What’s up DMAC? Been in and out…depending on what’s going on here at work! Talked to B lately? Last time was last week and he was teed off that Trask resigned!
    =======

    We watched the Dubs game last Friday at Pappys in Berkeley. We got twisted.

  • The_Judge37

    R8ER MIKE Says:
    May 16th, 2013 at 11:17 am
    a scrub who runs his mouth and begs for attention in the media
    *********************************
    ??? we signed KoolKell ??
    —–

    LOL, well he can put his foot in his mouth

  • Kirk

    No one has signed Seymour yet.

  • tonedeezy

    Gdog Says:
    May 16th, 2013 at 11:14 am
    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.
    _________________________________________________

    trading ellerbee and reed for huff and mclain was “playing the salary cap game”?
    seriously?

  • Moose

    Who wants the locker next to Kluwe lol

  • DutchRaider77

    There’s only 1 problem with that statement.

    Lechler wouldn’t have stayed for that $$

    Truth

    __________________________________________________

    So true, like Huff, Kelly and DHB would have stayed on the Raiders for $2M contract they signed with other teams…sorry RRS your argument has no merit

  • The_Judge37

    Lechler’s making 1.8m now. Kluwe 800k. All we needed to do was not sign scrubs like Barron, Hunter, or Barnes (all making $800k) and keep Shane.

  • DMAC

    Moose Says:
    May 16th, 2013 at 11:20 am

    Who wants the locker next to Kluwe lol
    ======

    Eddie AKA Baby George Carmona!!!
    “New wave of kickin’”

  • bcz24

    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 the absolute LAST person who should be questioning this move since YOU are one of the biggest champions of getting ride of Shane and Seabass as you continuously lump them into the ‘out of whack’ contract category.

  • DMAC

    bcz24 Says:
    May 16th, 2013 at 11:22 am

    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 the absolute LAST person who should be questioning this move since YOU are one of the biggest champions of getting ride of Shane and Seabass as you continuously lump them into the ‘out of whack’ contract category.
    ===========

    110% TRUTH!!!!!

  • Purvisman/Intrepid/Eternal Optimist

    ohioraider Says:
    9 winning seasons in 19 years. It goes well beyond the last decade.
    =====================================================

    Since we had no winning seasons in the last ten years, I’d say it went very well beyond the last decade.

  • RaiderRockstar

    You get what you pay for. Kluwe is an average Punter with a TO like personality.

    Shane was a perenial pro bowler and team leader.

    If Reggie really wanted to sign a guy who can’t stop running his mouth, then he should’ve went after James Harrison

    ***

    semi pro Judge gets it!

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

    Kirk Says:
    May 16th, 2013 at 11:20 am
    No one has signed Seymour yet.

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

    It’s either because he wants big-time $$$ when his play last year was nowhere near that level, or because he’s waiting until training camp is over so he can skip it.

    Either way, not our problem.

  • http://www.raiders.com Raider O

    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
    )$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$

    1- Lechler wasn’t the best punter in the league last year.
    2- we can sign a solid vet for $1 million. Look at how many solid vets signed for $1 million or less this season. Not a great year for vet FAs.
    3- All this hate because he so ports civil rights and homosexuality? What should you do if he was Gay?

  • bcz24

    You guys don’t get it. We didn’t replace Shane with Kluwe. Reggie made the decision that our punter was going to be paid league minimum. Period. King, Kluwe and that UDFA will battle it out in camp. Best punter wins. Reggie said there will be competition at every position and so far has been true to his word…

    And I am certain everything being equal, if Kluwe was anti gay instead of pro gay, Rock would be happy as podunker at a chicken slaughter with this move.

  • bcz24

    I love how you hate Kluwe because he is outspoken… you know one of the biggest things he is outspoken about? Getting a Raider great into the Hall of Fame…

  • DMAC

    Rumor in the hood, is that JLH has seen hanging out numerous times w/ Kwame Harris.

    Still a fan RRS?

  • hwnrdr

    Ta da ta da tada! Puppy Power!

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

    The_Judge37 Says:
    May 16th, 2013 at 11:21 am
    Lechler’s making 1.8m now. Kluwe 800k. All we needed to do was not sign scrubs like Barron, Hunter, or Barnes (all making $800k) and keep Shane.
    ——————————–
    Shane wanted to go to Houston, He would have went a few years ago but Al made him an offer he couldn’t refuse. I couldn’t see him staying to play for a non contender when he can go “home” and have a chance to go deep in the playoffs.

    The main point here is, who cares?

    It’s not like we are a punter away from being a playoff team.

    Let Shane get the taste of winning for the last couple years of his career,

    He was a loyal soldier and now it is time to move on.

    He did lose a step or 2 as well.

  • MEX_GHOST

    DMAC Says:
    May 16th, 2013 at 11:13 am
    Many fans at playoffs games jumped on the bandwagon. The ones that have probably always been there can’t afford tix.
    —————————————–
    Hey DMAC!
    That happen even in my little town with the local baseball team.

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

    To anybody equating Kluwe with TO: I’ve seen him do at exactly three unusual things for an athlete:

    1) Admit to playing WoW a lot,

    2) Speak out in favor of civil rights for all,

    3) Loudly campaign for Ray Guy’s HoF candidacy.

    Now which of those do you find offensive?

  • http://www.raiders.com Raider O

    Supports*

  • DMAC

    MEX_GHOST Says:
    May 16th, 2013 at 11:30 am

    DMAC Says:
    May 16th, 2013 at 11:13 am
    Many fans at playoffs games jumped on the bandwagon. The ones that have probably always been there can’t afford tix.
    —————————————–
    Hey DMAC!
    That happen even in my little town with the local baseball team.
    ======

    Its the truth carnal

  • RaiderRockstar

    @Bcz

    Shane Lechler wasn’t “out of whack”. He was a free agent.

    by the way, why do you keep pretending to know what Lechler’s contract demands were? Reggie never even spoke to him after Week 17

    I see a bunch of folks saying he’d never sign here for what he did in Houston. you even brought up taxes, lol

    #clown_brigade

  • The_Judge37

    bcz24 Says:
    May 16th, 2013 at 11:29 am
    I love how you hate Kluwe because he is outspoken… you know one of the biggest things he is outspoken about? Getting a Raider great into the Hall of Fame…
    ——

    Shane was about that too, he just didn’t use it to draw attention to himself.

    Kluwe isn’t going to just replace Shane, he’s going to replace Tommy Kelly’s mouth too.

  • R8ER MIKE

    What should you do if he was Gay?
    ************************************
    ?? ummm ask to push in his stool ??

  • http://www.raiders.com Raider O

    Hwnrdr Says:
    May 16th, 2013 at 11:30 am
    Ta da ta da tada! Puppy Power!
    $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$

    WTF?! lol
    Look at what you guys did. You broke Hwnrdr.
    Damn Monkeys!!

    It’s OK bro. Relax and take a deep breath.

  • nycraider

    I struggle with accepting our LBs are the worst in the NFL. But my concern is our DL is so bad that anychance for improvement on the defensive side has went out the window due to how bad our dline is. Hope Reggie wakes up and addresses the DL in the summer

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

    Hwnrdr Says:
    May 16th, 2013 at 11:30 am
    Ta da ta da tada! Puppy Power!

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

    Are you Jerry “The King” Lawler now?

  • http://www.raiders.com Raider O

    Push It In!!! Oh yeah….

    LOL ODB.

  • MEX_GHOST

    Raider O Says:
    May 16th, 2013 at 11:33 am
    Hwnrdr Says:
    May 16th, 2013 at 11:30 am
    Ta da ta da tada! Puppy Power!
    $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$

    WTF?! lol
    Look at what you guys did. You broke Hwnrdr.
    Damn Monkeys!!

    It’s OK bro. Relax and take a deep breath.
    —————————-
    broke Hwnrdr?? LOL.

  • The_Judge37

    Raideraholic (AKAHairyBush) Says:
    May 16th, 2013 at 11:30 am
    The_Judge37 Says:
    May 16th, 2013 at 11:21 am
    Lechler’s making 1.8m now. Kluwe 800k. All we needed to do was not sign scrubs like Barron, Hunter, or Barnes (all making $800k) and keep Shane.
    ——————————–
    Shane wanted to go to Houston, He would have went a few years ago but Al made him an offer he couldn’t refuse. I couldn’t see him staying to play for a non contender when he can go “home” and have a chance to go deep in the playoffs.

    The main point here is, who cares?

    It’s not like we are a punter away from being a playoff team.
    —-

    No, but we are a bad punt away from getting 40-50 points hung up on us.

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

    BTW fellow Raider fans, It was nice and all that Shane was a leader and all but don’t you think we need our leader to be hmmmm I don’t know maybe a QB or LB?

    When your biggest leader was your punter it’s kind of sad. Time to start fresh.

    just sayin

    time to move on.

  • inonewordraider

    http://www.nfl.com/news/story/0ap1000000202099/article/minnesota-vikings-shift-joe-webb-to-fulltime-receiver

    what would mistic do if he was right about something and we were wrong?

    will mistic admit he was wrong about webb or claim he wasn’t given a fair shake maybe even make it racist?

  • ohioraider

    Poor, poor Shane Lechler. Millionaire many times over for essentially a part time job. Just got work in his home state. Probably had no control over his destiny whatsoever. Probably just tossed around like a rag doll by heartless Reggie.

  • MEX_GHOST

    Or like Mike said, is Hwnrdr drug abuse?.

  • RaiderRockstar

    I’m talking about Kluwe the player.

    why are you guys trying to change the topic of convo?

    “you hate him cuz he loves the geys” is irrelevent

    I haven’t mentioned that at all today.

    you guys really care more about my stance on gey marriage than the player we just “reportedly” signed?

    wow!! RRS = blog pimp

    8)

  • hwnrdr

    437.Raider O Says:
    May 16th, 2013 at 11:33 am
    Hwnrdr Says:
    May 16th, 2013 at 11:30 am
    Ta da ta da tada! Puppy Power!
    $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$

    WTF?! lol
    Look at what you guys did. You broke Hwnrdr.
    Damn Monkeys!!

    It’s OK bro. Relax and take a deep breath.

    LOL…work got me going nuts…sorry!

  • The_Judge37

    Raideraholic (AKAHairyBush) Says:
    May 16th, 2013 at 11:35 am
    BTW fellow Raider fans, It was nice and all that Shane was a leader and all but don’t you think we need our leader to be hmmmm I don’t know maybe a QB or LB?

    When your biggest leader was your punter it’s kind of sad. Time to start fresh.
    —–

    When no one steps up, you take what you get. I’m glad we had a Punter who cared enough to try, insted of one who just wants the guys with the cameras to look his way so he can promote his Rock band playing at the local bar.

  • hwnrdr

    446.MEX_GHOST Says:
    May 16th, 2013 at 11:37 am
    Or like Mike said, is Hwnrdr drug abuse?.

    Maybe 20 years ago…