Outspoken punter Chris Kluwe is coming to Oakland. That's what the punter told his fellow supporter of equal rights, former Ravens linebacker Brendon Ayanbadejo, in a story for Fox Sports. Kluwe will compete with second-year player Marquette King for the starting job now that Shane Lechler, the NFL's career leader in gross average per punt (47.5 yards), is gone after 13 seasons. As he did with the Minnesota Vikings, Kluwe doesn't plan to hold back on many issues, including gay rights. "I'm still going to be myself socially and continue to tweet and interact with my fans," Kluwe told Ayanbadejo. Kluwe's contract is for one year, for the league minimum. "I'm excited to be an Oakland Raider and be playing in California," said Kluwe, who attended high school in Southern California before going to UCLA. "Now, my family can actually come to games." The 31-year-old Kluwe averaged 44.4 yards per punt over his career in Minnesota, including a career-high 39.7-yard net average last season. But he was due to make $1.45 million and the Vikings cut him. In Minnesota, he criticized union leadership during the lockout and became a vocal supporter of gay rights, penning a number of thoughtful, and occasionally profane, columns on the issue for various websites. Kluwe told Fox Sports Thursday that he is keeping his eye on California's Proposition 8 - passed by voters in 2008 to recognize only marriages between a man and a woman. The law's legality was argued before the U.S. Supreme Court in March, with a ruling expected in June. Kluwe plans to be vocal if the measure is upheld.
Raiders sign Kluwe to compete at punter
San Francisco Chronicle | May 17