Chris Kluwe could be released during Monday meeting with GM Rick Spielman
Both Kluwe and Ayanbadejo could be out of the NFL by Monday night. Draw your own conclusions.
:::: UPDATE :::: Chris Kluwe says, "So long, Minnesota"
While Chris Kluwe spends the weekend in New York City at a friend's wedding, Jeff Locke, the Vikings' 5th Round pick during last weekend's NFL draft, will be trying to take his job.
That's because the Vikings are holding a rookie mini-camp this weekend, and if the past is precedent and nothing goes horribly amiss for Locke, he'll likely be enshrined as the Vikings' new punter afterward.
Dan Wiederer, the Star Tribune's Vikings beat writer, explains:
As a reference point, after drafting kicker Blair Walsh in Round 6 in 2012, Spielman closely tracked Walsh during the team's rookie mini-camp to make certain he could absorb some coaching while handling the pressure of kicking with all eyes on him.
Walsh did just fine. And the day after the rookie mini-camp finished, veteran Ryan Longwell was released.
So read between the lines when coach Leslie Frazier said Friday that this weekend's monitoring of Locke is "very similar" to last year's procedure with Walsh.
Wiederer reports that Kluwe and General Manager Rick Spielman are scheduled to meet Monday, and that Spielman has already agreed to release Kluwe as soon as possible if the Vikings are committed to making a switch in order to give the self-proclaimed "best punter in Vikings history" a shot to catch on with another team.
If Kluwe is let go, that means the NFL's tag-team of outspoken gay rights advocates -- Kluwe and Brendon Ayanbadejo -- both will have been released since the end of last season. The Vikings and Ravens (Ayanbadejo's old team) insist they're basing their decisions on football reasons and football reasons alone, but what else would you expect them to say?
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