On Chris Kluwe's future with the Vikings

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Mar 20, 2013
 
PHOENIX -- We spent plenty of time last season discussing the short- and long-term future of Minnesota Vikings punter Chris Kluwe, who had an inconsistent year on the field and an eventful one off of it. Instead of further speculating on the issue, I had it on my list to inquire with Vikings general manager Rick Spielman during an interview with local reporters here at the NFL owners meeting.

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Tom Pelissero of 1500ESPN.com brought up the topic first, asking Spielman if Kluwe would be the Vikings' punter in 2013. Spielman's response? He laughed.

Asked if he anticipated bringing legitimate punting competition to training camp, Spielman said: "I don't know. We haven't gotten that far yet in the process. I couldn't tell you."

(The Vikings signed street free agent T.J. Conley, who punted for the New York Jets in 2011, in January.)

Kluwe has been the Vikings' punter for eight seasons and has the highest gross average (44.4) in team history. But there is some important precedent and a few important facts to keep in mind here.

First, the Vikings unceremoniously parted ways with veteran place-kicker Ryan Longwell in 2012, a few days after drafting replacement Blair Walsh. If the Vikings weren't at least considering drafting a punter, or pursuing one of the top undrafted rookies, then Spielman probably would have said as much Tuesday.

Second, Kluwe is entering the final season of the six-year contract extension he signed in October 2007. Because signing bonuses pro-rate only over five years, the Vikings would not have to carry any of Kluwe's $1.45 million cap number if they release him before the start of the regular season.

Again, Spielman didn't say the Vikings want to replace Kluwe this season. But, notably, he also didn't commit to Kluwe as the Vikings' 2013 punter. This one is worth staying tuned for.
http://espn.go.com/blog/nfcnorth/post/_/id/54...
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Vikings don't like Gays OR Gayism.
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PHD2 wrote:
Vikings don't like Gays OR Gayism.
Frazier is a man of the book, let's see how he carries his religion in real life.
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Vikings are losers, just like the fans...
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Mar 20, 2013
 
Bushwhacker wrote:
Vikings are losers, just like the fans...
Do you enjoy living in the sex-change capitol of the world? You can have Kluwe back btw
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I enjoy LMAO @ you... Poor childish child.
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I enjoy LMAO @ you... Poor childish child.
Yes keep change gender and identity and pretend to be spy for the motherland... sleeper agent slew... although you may need some help in the "sleeper" part of it
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DSM Local wrote:
RELEASE this GODLESS FGAGGET!
get rid of that left wing nut job, you know is about to come out of the ( you know what ) we do not need that in Minnesota sports.
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Mar 20, 2013
 
Bushwhacker wrote:
Vikings are losers, just like the fans...
yes, that is why we dumped the pretzel boy percy - for a true 1 st rounder on the lake hawks.

just go away liberal lisa.
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-----Frazier Interview-----
--Is Chris Kluwe your punter?
-He's our punter. He's on our roster.
--You've got two punters on your roster.
-Yeah, we do. We'll see.
http://www.1500espn.com/sportswire/QA_with_Le...
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May 2, 2013
 
Thank God we drafted a punter
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May 2, 2013
 
Let’s first check out some numbers. As for the good: Kluwe’s net average in 2012 was a career-best 39.7. Sure, that’s great that he’s hitting personal milestones, but that net average was good for just 18th in the NFL. Kluwe averaged just 45.0 yards per punt in 2012 — good for 24th in the NFL.

Of 72 punts, he put just 18 inside the 20. There are many variables involved in this stat, but by comparison, four other punters in the 70-74 punts range averaged over 26 punts inside the 20. Only two other “full-time” punters had lower season-long punts than Kluwe’s 59-yarder in the season-opener against the Jaguars.

Basically, Kluwe’s ability to punt isn’t up to par and he’s not very valuable to the Minnesota Vikings franchise
http://nesn.com/2013/04/chris-kluwes-activist...
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Vikings are losers, just like the fans...
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Bushwhacker wrote:
Vikings are losers, just like the fans...
There sure are a lot of your buddies there
Kluwe may be cut as soon as this coming Monday! Hoo-ray!!!!
http://www.dailynorseman.com/2013/5/1/4292282...
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Pretty sad, your sex life is so boring, you follow ANYONE ELSE ....

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