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Chris Kluwe may believe that the Minnesota Vikings released him because of his views on gay rights but the truth is he is not worth the salary. Kluwe was set to make $1.4 million during the upcoming season after performing as a middle of the pack punter for the last two years.
Kluwe knew his time with the Vikings was short when the team drafted Jeff Locke with the 155th overall pick in the recent NFL Draft. Teams simply do not draft punters or kickers unless they have the intention of using them on their active roster.
Last year Kluwe ranked 17th in net punting last season with a 39.7 yard average. Kluwe also ranked 25th in Pro Football Focus’ punter ratings last season.
The incoming Locke was a first-teram All-Pac 12 selection last year and should be a huge asset for the Vikings on kickoffs. Last year 77 percent of Locke’s kickoffs went for touchbacks.
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The writing on the wall has become the reality for Chris Kluwe.
On Monday, the Vikings' longtime punter announced on his Twitter account that he's been released, issuing his goodbyes to fans, teammates, ownership, and even fish.
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Minnesota Vikings punter Chris Kluwe told the Star Tribune that he’ll find out on Monday whether he’ll get released or not.
“Most teams generally don’t draft a punter in the fifth round unless that’s who they’re going to go with,” Kluwe said. “They said they would let me know Monday after the rookie minicamp.”
Kluwe had a solid season in 2012...
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Chris Kluwe says he has been released by the Minnesota Vikings.
The punter tweeted Monday that he is no longer a member of the team. Kluwe thanked the Vikings fans, his teammates and Vikings owners Zygi and Mark Wilf for the past eight seasons in Minnesota. He says he "wouldn't have traded it for anything."
The move was expected after the Vikings...
It’s not often that one of the week’s loudest and most frequently cited headlines involves the release of a punter.
But when the Minnesota Vikings dropped Chris Kluwe earlier this week, it ensured that during this relatively news less post-draft time, that a special teamer would be in the headlines for awhile.
Kluwe spent eight years in Minnesota, being best known alternatively...
Since the Minnesota Vikings chose to cut veteran punter Chris Kluwe on Monday, a debate has raged over whether his release was performance-based or a result of his outspoken advocacy on a number of social issues — most notably marriage equality.
Kluwe’s days seemed to be numbered when the team used a fifth-round draft pick on UCLA punter Jeff Locke, but some, including Minnesota...
Chris Kluwe's release from the Minnesota Vikings has stirred up a slight debate. Many are questioning whether the Vikings released Kluwe for being outspoken on a number of issues or was he released because of his punting ability or lack thereof.
One person that seems to be in Kluwe's corner is Minnesota governor Mark Dayton. Dayton finds it kind of fishy that Kluwe was...
According to Tom Pelissero of 1500ESPN.com, the Minnesota Vikings have released punter Chris Kluwe.
Just talked to Chris Kluwe. He was released after his workout this morning. Feels he can punt another 4 or 5 years in the NFL. Knee is good.
— Tom Pelissero (@TomPelissero) May 6, 2013
As long as Kluwe is healthy, I can’t imagine him having a hard time finding a new team.
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Who is this person, and what has he done with our beloved Chris Kluwe?
The draft has come and gone, but there are still plenty of under the radar picks we could know a bit better. After all, most of us didn’t bother sitting through three horrible days of the NFL Draft.
Name: Jeff Locke
Position: Punter and kickoff specialist
Selected by: Minnesota Vikings
Chris Kluwe likes gays a lot and not guns so much.
This is an unpopular opinion for any guy to be espousing nowadays. It is especially deadly if said guy happens to be employed by a professional sports league as Kluwe is was.
The Vikings released the punter Monday. This may or may not have everything to do with Kluwe's views about gay marriage (for) and gun control legislation...
Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton said he doesn’t feel good about the Vikings releasing Chris Kluwe and wants honesty about why they made the decision.
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The Minnesota Vikings selected punter Jeff Locke in the sixth round of the recent NFL Draft. The addition was expected to push incumbent Chris Kluwe, but it appears that the Vikings may hand the rookie the job sooner than later and part ways with the veteran, according to Mark Craig and Dan Wiederer of The Star-Tribune.
After selecting Locke, Vikings general manager Rick Spielman...
Tonight, in a SILVERMAN: On Sports EXCLUSIVE, great friend to the show, Chris Kluwe discussing how he was put on waivers by the Minnesota Vikings. The bad-ass punter discussed, football, gay rights, Jason Collins, his rock music and love of video games. For the entire conversation, listen here! As always, Kluwe is candid and awesome!
I also raise the question regarding how supportive...
The Vikings filled their roster back to the offseason limit of 90 following the release of veteran punter Chris Kluwe and a rookie receiver. They signed a veteran offensive tackle and rookie receiver, both with roots in the Midwest.
Gregg Rosenthal of NFL.com wrote early Monday it may soon be the end of the road in Minnesota for punter Chris Kluwe.
Indeed, Kluwe confirmed the rumors when he tweeted his goodbye Monday morning and took the opportunity to thank of all of his fans.
Kluwe, 31, was due to make $1.4 million this season in the final year of a seven-year deal signed back in 2007.
Perhaps the writing...