The Raiders have made the move to sign free agent punter, Chris Kluwe, official. The 8-year NFL punter has spent his entire career with the Minnesota Vikings and was released this off-season. That's when the Raiders came calling in need of replacing departed All Pro punter, Shane Lechler.
"After the Vikings released me, I was waiting to see what happened," said Kluwe. "My agents had gotten contact from the Raiders, they said they were interested, they brought me in for a tryout, I think I punted pretty well, and they brought me in and said they'd give me a shot at OTA's and hopefully fall camp."
Kluwe entered the league with the Seahawks as an undrafted free agent out of UCLA in 2005. He was waived by the Seahawks and claimed by the Vikings. He has a career punting average of 44.4 yards per punt including averaging 45.3 yards per punt over the past two seasons.
He also ranks second in Minnesota history with a 37.3-yard career net punting average. He has also had just one punt blocked over his career.
"Yeah, and the only reason it got blocked was because I dropped it," said Kluwe. "That's one of those things I also pride myself on is that I have one of the quickest get-off times in the NFL. So, hopefully it takes some pressure off the guys up front so they can get down and get in coverage faster because they know I can get the ball off."
As expected, the Raiders waived punter Bobby Cowan who was signed as an undrafted free agent out of Idaho following the draft in April. This leaves Kluwe and Marquette King to compete for the job in camp.