Monday, May 6, 2013
Kluwe on the way out?
By Tim Kavanagh
UPDATE: It appears that Kluwe has been released -- as referenced by a pair of tweets from his verified Twitter account. We'll be back with analysis of where Kluwe goes from here in a bit.
Incumbent Minnesota Vikings punter Chris Kluwe has garnered a lot of attention both for his skills on the field and for his outspoken opinions off of it in recent seasons; during the 2013 season, Vikes special teams coordinator Mike Priefer said, "These distractions are getting old for me, to be quite honest," per Peter King of Sports Illustrated. During the course of the 2013 draft, the Vikings selected Jeff Locke, and after evaluating Locke during rookie minicamp, it would seem the team has enough information as to whether they'll go ahead with the rookie as their punter, releasing Kluwe in the process.
ESPN NFC North blogger Kevin Seifert sets the stage for what could be a tough day for Kluwe:
Kevin SeifertKluwe's last day with the Vikings?
"Conventional wisdom suggests Monday could be the day the Minnesota Vikings part ways with punter Chris Kluwe. As we've discussed, the Vikings made UCLA punter Jeff Locke their fifth-round draft pick last month. Teams rarely use draft picks on specialists if they haven't decided to make a chance, and Locke went through a three-day minicamp over the weekend with the rest of the Vikings' rookies. Kluwe has told Chip Scoggins of the Star Tribune and others that he is scheduled to meet Monday with general manager Rick Spielman, presumably after the Vikings had seen what they needed to see from Locke in rookie minicamp. The Vikings followed a similar approach when transitioning last year from veteran place-kicker Ryan Longwell to rookie Blair Walsh. Stay tuned."