Posted May 06, 2013

Vikings release longtime punter Chris Kluwe

NFL

Chris Kluwe announced via his personal Twitter that the Vikings have released him.

Kluwe was signed as an undrafted free agent by the Seattle Seahawks in 2005, then released before the final roster cut. He was picked up the next day by the Minnesota Vikings. In 2007, Kluwe signed an $8.3-million contract extension through 2013, making him the in the top-10 for highest-paid punters. Kluwe was due $1.45 million for 2013.

The longtime punter was known for being outspoken about his opinions on political and cultural subjects, which could have affected to the decision to release him. Kluwe says that to him, it’s more important to be outspoken than play football. From the NFL’s report:

“I think the sacrifice would be worth it,” Kluwe told Chip Scoggins of the Star Tribune. “Now, I would hope that I would get the chance to play football again, because I think I can still play. But if it ends up being something that costs me that position, I think making people aware of an issue that is causing children to commit suicide is more important than kicking a leather ball.”

Minnesota took punter Jeff Locke in the fifth round, who will replace Kluwe. The veteran punter’s age, high salary, and Locke’s budding talent all contributed to Kluwe’s release.


18 comments
LeilaniHernandez
LeilaniHernandez

better off that way. the vikes are heading nowhere. proof? adrian has individual goals, not team goals. boring. zzzzzzzzzzzz

msprowles
msprowles

I love how violent the liberals have become...

help4mac1
help4mac1

The NFL better be careful about this. Anything can be labeled as a distraction, but the evidence here is that it really wasn't a distraction at all. The player was voicing concerns that are now being debated everywhere except in the NFL. That is paramount to discrimination. Based on his on-field performance if he doesn't get a opportunity for another job, Roger the other dodger is going to be facing Judge Judy or worse Dr Ruth.

boomer1313
boomer1313

PS Mr. Horton, just another small point, typing your message in all caps is considered rude, as it is tantamount to yelling at everyone...You don't need to shout to be heard, or understood....

boomer1313
boomer1313

Mr. Horton, although I might disagree with some, but not all of your post, I always find it ironic that Mr. Kluwe is taken to task, and loses his employment for simply stating something he believes in, while in your ire a angst, you have simply done exactly  the same thing Sir, openly expressed your opinion, which much like Mr. Kluewe's, is not necessarily the opinion of everyone ...Boomer 1313

TOEJAM
TOEJAM

THIS IS GREAT NEWS. Chris Kluwe's SUPPORT OF SAME-SEX MARRIAGE WAS A DISTRACTION.

 

ATHLETIC PARTICIPATION WILL ALWAYS BE UTILIZED BY FATHERS AS A TOOL FOR TEACHING THEIR SONS DISCIPLINE AND A HARD WORK-ETHIC. FATHERS BELIEVE IT IS VITAL TO INSTILL IN THEIR SONS TRADITIONAL VIEWS ON GENDER ROLES. SINCE PROFESSIONAL ATHLETICS HAS BECOME A WAY OUT OF POVERTY FOR SEVERAL YOUNG MALES, BEING THROWN INTO THIS CONTEMPORARY "NICEY-NICE" ABOUT gay civil-rights IS DESTRUCTIVE.

 

 Mr. Kluwe SHOULD TAKE HIS MILLIONS AND RETIRE.

 

CHRISTOPHER ALLEN HORTON

boomer1313
boomer1313

When it matters, Chris is a man who speaks his mind and heart...Thank you Chris for being who and how you are...those of us that live life on the other side of the street need all the outspoken hero's we can find...and before all the trolls start frothing at the mouth, I'm not a gay guy...but I am a huge football fan, but more importantly, I am a huge fan of speaking up for what is right and fair, and of those that have the brass to do it and at a damn high cost. I wish you well Chris, and again...THANKS....

Jean
Jean

When it matters he is Kluweless.

Sammyz
Sammyz

Kluwe is a stand-up guy and hilarious.  This is an example of the NFLs view of talent.

 

"You're not paid to think. Shut up and do your job!"

estellevw
estellevw

The Vikings were lucky to have him. Thanks Chris Kluwe for all you do.

TOEJAM
TOEJAM

 @help4mac1

 help4mac1,

 

A REASON WHY Mr. Kluwe's OFF-FIELD COMMENTARY WAS PROBLEMATIC IS BECAUSE HE IS SUPPORTING A GROUP OF PEOPLE WHOM MOST AMERICANS FEEL WANT SPECIAL TREATMENT. DISCRIMINATION BASED ON SEXUAL ORIENTATION IS SMALL POTATOES, COMPARED TO DISCRIMINATION BASED ON RACE. WE DO NOT EXPECT OUR ATHLETES TO BE SOCIAL ENGINEERS.

 

CHRISTOPHER ALLEN HORTON

IdDoHannahStorm
IdDoHannahStorm

 @boomer1313 "Mr. Kluwe is taken to task, and loses his employment for simply stating something he believes in"  No, no ,no no no.  He lost his employment because he was below average in all metrics used to evaluate guys at his position while at the same time drawing a salary that paid him in the top third.  The fact that his age of 31 is considered a liability in his profession comes into play as well.  However, I guess if you're a political zealot, facts don't matter as long as you can view the world through that narrow prism.

TOEJAM
TOEJAM

 @boomer1313

 boomer1313,

 

I ASSUME YOU HAVE NO SONS. I BELIEVE YOU WOULD WANT TO EDUCATE YOUR SON ABOUT THE WAYS OF MANHOOD AT AN EARLY AGE. STATISTICS PROVE THAT FATHERS WHO HAVE NO INTEREST IN THEIR SONS PRODUCE BOYS WHO ARE UNPRODUCTIVE AS MEN - SERVING JAIL TIME, UNEMPLOYED AND TOTALLY USELESS.

 

SURELY, boomer1313, YOU WOULD NOT WANT THAT FOR YOUR SON. AND, IF HE HAS HOPES OF BECOMING A PROFESSIONAL PUNTER, Mr. Kluwe IS NOT THE PROPER ROLE MODEL.

 

CHRISTOPHER ALLEN HORTON

Jon Trexler
Jon Trexler

 @SammyzKluwe was 17th in the league in net punting yard average last season, 31st in the league in punts inside the 20.  His replacement looks pretty darned good on paper, and will cost a fraction of the cost of keeping Kluwe.  Kluwe is also 31 years old.

 

I love Kluwe as a person and think his outspokeness is a blessing, but this is certainly not a clear case of him being cut because of off-field statements.

 

Keep in mind that, had he not been so outspoken, virtually no one would be questioning the Vikings making this move.

 

kenhahr
kenhahr

 @Jon Trexler  @Sammyz I'm inclined to think that, if it were about performance, they would have waited until camp to release him. What if the guy they brought in doesn't work out? It sure feels like he was let go for reasons other than performance.

IdDoHannahStorm
IdDoHannahStorm

 @kenhahr  @Jon Trexler  @Sammyz Before you assume you have a smoking gun here, consider that he may have clauses in his contract, such a roster bonus at a given date may have something to do with it.  I don't know, but it could be a factor.  Also, releasing him now allows him to access his next move, contacting other teams and compete elsewhere if he so chooses.  Its to his advantage to be released now rather than later.

Pursteses
Pursteses

 @kenhahr  @Jon Trexler  @Sammyz

 Same thing happened to Ryan Longwell... Drafted a placekicker, then released Longwell the week after rookie minicamp. I was upset initially, but look at the results. Walsh definitely added value last year.