Kluwe to sign with Raiders
Chris Kluwe (Tom Dahlin/Viking Update)
Chris Kluwe (Tom Dahlin/Viking Update)
Posted May 16, 2013
Tim Yotter

Former Vikings punter Chris Kluwe has agreed to a one-year contract with the Oakland Raiders, according to FoxSports.com.

Former Vikings punter Chris Kluwe, released earlier this month after Minnesota drafted punter Jeff Locke in the fifth round, has found a new job.

The Oakland Raiders signed Kluwe to a one-year, league-minimum deal, according to FoxSport.com, meaning he will make $840,000 in 2013 if he makes the regular-season roster.

Kluwe also received interest from the Cleveland Browns, according to the report.

Kluwe spent eight seasons with the Vikings. Last year, he averaged 45 yards on 59 punts with a 39.7-yard net average, the best net average of his career.

In Oakland, Kluwe will replace Shane Lechler, a seven-time Pro Bowler who signed a three-year contract with the Houston Texans in March. The signing of Kluwe comes 10 days after he was released by the Vikings.

Kluwe’s outspoken ways on everything from gay rights to former Raiders punter Ray Guy not being in the Hall of Fame wore thin with Vikings special teams coordinator Mike Priefer, but Kluwe told his friend Brendan Ayanbadejo, reporting for Fox Sports, that he won’t change his ways.

“I’m still going to be myself socially and continue to tweet and interact with my fans,” Kluwe said.

Kluwe was scheduled to make $1.45 million in base salary this year with the Vikings, including a $50,000 workout bonus, meaning the change in teams will cost him $610,000.

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