Chris Kluwe could be released during Monday meeting with GM Rick Spielman

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Both Kluwe and Ayanbadejo could be out of the NFL by Monday night. Draw your own conclusions.
:::: UPDATE :::: Chris Kluwe says, "So long, Minnesota"

While Chris Kluwe spends the weekend in New York City at a friend's wedding, Jeff Locke, the Vikings' 5th Round pick during last weekend's NFL draft, will be trying to take his job.

SEE ALSO: Chris Kluwe on out gay athlete: "Big kudos to Jason Collins"

That's because the Vikings are holding a rookie mini-camp this weekend, and if the past is precedent and nothing goes horribly amiss for Locke, he'll likely be enshrined as the Vikings' new punter afterward.

Dan Wiederer, the Star Tribune's Vikings beat writer, explains:
As a reference point, after drafting kicker Blair Walsh in Round 6 in 2012, Spielman closely tracked Walsh during the team's rookie mini-camp to make certain he could absorb some coaching while handling the pressure of kicking with all eyes on him.

Walsh did just fine. And the day after the rookie mini-camp finished, veteran Ryan Longwell was released.

So read between the lines when coach Leslie Frazier said Friday that this weekend's monitoring of Locke is "very similar" to last year's procedure with Walsh.
Wiederer reports that Kluwe and General Manager Rick Spielman are scheduled to meet Monday, and that Spielman has already agreed to release Kluwe as soon as possible if the Vikings are committed to making a switch in order to give the self-proclaimed "best punter in Vikings history" a shot to catch on with another team.

If Kluwe is let go, that means the NFL's tag-team of outspoken gay rights advocates -- Kluwe and Brendon Ayanbadejo -- both will have been released since the end of last season. The Vikings and Ravens (Ayanbadejo's old team) insist they're basing their decisions on football reasons and football reasons alone, but what else would you expect them to say?

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Jennifer Kingsbury Yungers
Jennifer Kingsbury Yungers

Apparently they would prefer he get drunk and arrested in a public stupor instead of being a classy guy.

Eric Shawn Smith
Eric Shawn Smith

He had his best season in "punting average?" That's not even a stat. If you watched a few games last year you would know Kluwe was downright attrocious. This isn't about class or speaking out or gay. It is about punting and we have needed a new punter for a year or two.

David Gustafson
David Gustafson

I suspect the Vikings will release him and the NFL will blacklist him. The last thing football wants is players who can think for themselves, show individuality, care for others -- it's completely against their corporate paradigm. NFL football players are meant to be mindless, brutal, disposable, and most of all, replaceable cogs in the machine.

Patty Jepsen Tyler
Patty Jepsen Tyler

Nope. He's gone. Broke the code. As John said, way too "classy" for that group.

John Walsh
John Walsh

He's the classiest thing that's happened to that organization since I don't know how long

Bradford C. Walker
Bradford C. Walker

You don't draft a new punter unless you're going to cut the old one.

Amy Anderson
Amy Anderson

I hope not. If so, then I'll be even less interested in the Vikings.

Ryan Schmidt
Ryan Schmidt

Kluwe if released should have a job by the time the season starts. He had his best season in punting average.

fenderbender28
fenderbender28

Kluwe is overrated.  All the clowns on the internet who care about gay marriage but not football lack the insight to realize this.  He shanked more punts last year than in al his previous years put together.  Go back and watch the Indy game for a clinic on how not to be an NFL punter.  He finish 31st place in the NFL last year for punts downed inside the 20.  And his average yards per punt that he likes to brag about?  Those started increasing when Preiffer came in and vowed to improve the coverage teams.  No coincidence there.  There's a great outfit in England called Pro Football Focus that ranks just about every player at every position in the NFL, and they are so respected, NFL teams pay them good money for their research.  PFF rankings show that Kluwe reached his peak in 2008, and has declined for 4 consecutive years since then.  Last but not least, the NFL has rules.  Kluwe knew this when he thumbed his nose at his team and the league with his Ray Guy stunt.  While it may seem minor, if the big star players on a team see that a punter can get away with that, what will the team do when Adrian Peterson, Jared Allen, or Matt Kalil decide to openly break team or league rules?  If they can't keep a punter in line, they'll be in an even bigger mess when someone more valuable takes that cue to do the same thing.  Kluwe not only made his own bed, he crapped in it.  Too bad for him.        

Scott Conrad
Scott Conrad

Good all he does is run his mouth he's punted crappy the last two yrs

BIGHERBdickERSON
BIGHERBdickERSON

and when I got laid off from my job, I applied for a new job two hours later.  boo fucking hoo.  bunch of pampered ass fucks making six figures for playing a goddamn game.  did i mention BOO FUCKING HOO?  well then, let me repeat: whatevs, people are starving in this world and you want me to give two fucks about a guy who kicks a ball and plays video games?  fuck me.... no, wait,  fuck you.  (and the horse you road in on AND that horses mother too.)

Dana Froehlig
Dana Froehlig

if he isnt as good as the other guy tough noogies tryout for the jets or.49ers

Cooger N Dark
Cooger N Dark

Kluwe has slipped on the field, and his numbers don't justify his pay. Football isn't a kind business.

_Joe_
_Joe_

Holy fuck.  Chris Kluwe got me to read an entire article about football.


Wow.

Steve Rood
Steve Rood

Who cares about this? The bigger controversy is that an actual impact player, Percy Harvin, was traded for being an immature, egomaniacal, uncoachable, jerkface asshat! How can we let someone go just for being an asshat? I call for an investigation and a series of slanted City Pages articles.

Heidi Hanson
Heidi Hanson

NO NO NO NO NO!!!!!!!! KEEP KLUWE A VIKING!

Adam R. Huesman
Adam R. Huesman

He'll go play for San Francisco and win a super bowl.

Shane Knapp
Shane Knapp

First off, story about a punter being released? Second, if he is released it will be a business decision but the City Pages will do what they can to spin the story into something it's not. Point proven by the need to mention Ayanbadejo's release by the Ravens.

Joe Strom
Joe Strom

Zero fucks have never been given so generously, has I am giving them now. Del

Brian Wierima
Brian Wierima

If Kluwe is let go, it's because of his on-field performance, which has been slipping the last 2 seasons. He is rated 31st in the NFL in punting the ball inside the 20 and 27th overall in punting average. If Locke can remotely match his numbers, it's a no-brainer...since he will be cheaper and also can kickoff, in which he had 60-plus touchbacks for UCLA last year.

nate.brennan
nate.brennan

I'm all for pointing out shady shit, but this is a pretty big reach.

Kluwe is an awesome person and has historically been a great punter, but is still an expensive player in a traditionally inexpensive position who is coming off a year where he graded out to be the 25th-worst punter in the NFL (a very what-have-you-done-for-me-lately league). 

Ayanbadejo is a special teamer (and not of the returning variety) who will be 37 next season and, due to his years of experience in the league, draws a minimum contract much higher than younger players who can deliver the same or better performance.

Pretty easy to draw the right conclusions with those facts.

Vic Sacramento
Vic Sacramento

YAY!! Should have concentrated more on kicking a ball your highness.

Bob Alberti
Bob Alberti

This is a business decision in exactly the same way as your girlfriend dumping you was about her, not you.

Shawn Taylor
Shawn Taylor

The vikings are in a tough spot. If they let him go it won't matter why. People will still say it is because of his off the field stuff. Just look at when they brought in a guy last year to see howbhe could kick. The guy never played but it was seen as an intimidation move towards kluwe.

Stephen Young
Stephen Young

I hope it doesn't happen, but if it did, I think it would be a football decision based on salary - directly comparable to Longwell's release last year. The team is short on salary cap space, and Kluwe is getting paid a pretty hefty salary for a punter.

Kory Lindberg
Kory Lindberg

Really unfair to imply anything discriminatory is happening here. The Vikes could very well end up with a better punter for less money. I love Kluwe, but I don't see anything wrong with this.

Tracie411
Tracie411

I like Chris Kluwe as a MN Vikings player and a person.  I hope he gets to play another year but if letting him go is the best for the team well then that is how the ball is kicked.

David Hlavac
David Hlavac

I think it is a business decision not a personal one...people are making this out to be about his political activism, but it's really more about his contract and inability to make situational kicks to help us win games.

BIGHERBdickERSON
BIGHERBdickERSON

oh, and fuck the idiots babbling about football like it matters one fucking bit in the real world or that their opinion about it (and/or any pampered ass fucks who play it, and/or sexually assault minors on a team sanctioned boat party...  UN FUCK ING BE LIEVE ABLE that you people pollute the atmosphere with carbon dioxide over any of this shit) matters as much as a gnat fart in the FUCKING WIND.

fenderbender28
fenderbender28

@Shawn Taylor It won't matter when the guy they drafted is playing better in MN than Kluwe does with his next team.  Just like last year, when Viking fans everywhere thought they knew better than the personnel department who decided to replace Longwell with Walsh.  How did that work out?  He set an all-time NFL record as a rookie, and is arguably the best kicker in the league already.   

fenderbender28
fenderbender28

@BHerbD   Hey, clown - let me help you out.  The NFL is worth billions and billions more than you will ever be.  Part of that means pumping many millions in tax revenues into their local economies.  Part of that means creating thousands of jobs in all the fields that cross paths with the NFL - the truck drivers, the construction crews, the field maintenance people, the concession workers, etc..  Last, the NFL puts countless MILLIONS into local charities that benefit sick children, the poor, the homeless, student athletes, and many other great causes.  Not liking the sport is fine.  Not recognizing the bigger picture that's right in front of you is stupid. 

MicheleBachmann
MicheleBachmann topcommenter

@BHerbD  Punters are important.  What else are you going to do on 4th down?   Go for it every time?   You are a crazy person to suggest such a thing.  Learn something about football.  No wonder you got fired at your job. 

BHerbD
BHerbD

@MicheleBachmann wow, first ass clown steps up to argue for the importance of pro football punters in our society.  clap.  clap.  clap.

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