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Updated: May 16th, 2013 8:46am
Chris Kluwe lands on his feet, signs one-year deal with Raiders

Chris Kluwe lands on his feet, signs one-year deal with Raiders

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It didn't take long for Chris Kluwe to find work.

Released by the Minnesota Vikings on May 6, the veteran punter signed a one-year minimum contract with the Oakland Raiders, his friend Brendon Ayanbadejo reported for

"I'm excited to be an Oakland Raider and be playing in California," Kluwe, who went to high school in Los Alamitos and attended UCLA, told Ayanbadejo. "Now, my family can actually come to games."

Kluwe, 31, holds several Vikings records -- including career gross average (44.0) and punts downed inside the 20 (198) -- and posted a career-best net average of 39.7 yards on 72 punts last season.

But the Vikings drafted fellow UCLA alum Jeff Locke in the fifth round and released Kluwe the day after rookie minicamp.

Kluwe had been due $1.4 million in base salary for 2013 but told 1500 ESPN the day after his release he was willing to punt for the minimum, which for an eight-year veteran is $840,000.

He intends to continue the activism that rankled some within the Vikings organization. He told Ayanbadejo he hopes to support the push to reveal Proposition 8, which was passed in 2008 and governs that California only recognizes marriages between a man and a woman.

"I'm still going to be myself socially and continue to tweet and interact with my fans," Kluwe told Ayanbadejo, whose own activism while playing for the Baltimore Ravens helped bring Kluwe into the national debate on marriage equality.

Kluwe was fined last season for wearing a patch on his uniform during a game in support of the Pro Football Hall of Fame candidacy of Ray Guy, who punted for the Raiders from 1973 to '86.

In this story: Chris Kluwe, Jeff Locke