Chris Kluwe signs with Oakland Raiders

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Kluwe is taking his talents to the Bay Area.
Chris Kluwe's NFL career didn't end when he was released by the Minnesota Vikings.

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Kluwe, 31, has inked a one-year deal to become the Oakland Raiders' punter. He'll be taking a pay cut -- his contract is for the league's minimum salary.

"I'm excited to be an Oakland Raider and be playing in California," Kluwe, who grew up in southern California before going to UCLA, told Fox Sports. "Now, my family can actually come to games."

Kluwe said he doesn't plan to tone down his outspoken, controversial personality now that he's back in Cali.

"I'm still going to be myself socially and continue to tweet and interact with my fans," Kluwe said, adding that he hopes to get involved in the fight to repeal Proposition 8, a ballot measure approved by California voters in 2008 that limits the definition of marriage in the state's constitution to one man and one woman. 

He never wanted to leave Minnesota, but now that he's landed on his feet in Cali, Kluwe said he hopes to stick around.

"Hopefully, I'll be able to play for the next seven years and end my career in California," he told Fox Sports.

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Scott Conrad
Scott Conrad

Ya you know you've made it when you get sent to the raiders lol he is a bad punter with a loud mouth why would the vikes want to keep him when they can get a better Punter for less money its all about the salary cap in the new nfl get over it

Robert Barry
Robert Barry

Good Luck Chris, hopefully you'll be treated better there.

swmnguy
swmnguy topcommenter

Good for Kluwe.  The NFL is a tough way to make a living.  As smart as Kluwe is, he'll probably do just fine in the 50 or 60 years of his life after professional football.  But another year or two of 4 or 5 hundred thousand dollars a year certainly won't hurt him.  And, as an aside, he got cut by the Vikings because he was making over $1 million a year and was over 30 years old.  He could be replaced by a kid almost 10 years younger at a third the salary.  No need to read anything more into it than that.  The NFL is a brutal enough business as it is.

Kent Erickson
Kent Erickson

Kent...gay people could already poke themselves in the ass before this bill was signed. What are you talking about? One does not need to be married to have sex...unless your some religious nut.

Keira Kleen
Keira Kleen

When I was in High School Football I went both ways but I don't think it meant the same thing.

Kent Klinger
Kent Klinger

Karl Marx would not be happy I suppose. You lefties are too classy for me. Have fun and go pay your Gov Love Tax like regular people.

Kent Klinger
Kent Klinger

Minnesota now pronounces you Same Sex Partners. You may now poke each other in the Ass.

David Hlavac
David Hlavac

Plenty of opportunity for him to punt in Oaktown

Onan
Onan

Good for him. He IS a pretty decent directional punter with excellent hang times. Hopefully he can make a go of it out there.

_Joe_
_Joe_

@Kent Klinger Methinks the asshole doth protest too much.

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