The Vikings used their fifth-round pick to select UCLA punter Jeff Locke. Could that possibly mean the end of Chris Kluwe in Minnesota?
Kluwe wasn’t aware the Vikings had selected a punter according to Mark Craig of the Minneapolis Star Tribune.
“I’m with my band [Tripping Icarus] at Flowers Studio in Uptown, recording our fourth album,” Kluwe said. “This is the first I’ve heard of it.”
“That’s the nature of the NFL,” he said. “I have no idea what will happen. I’ve put my product out on the field. Statistically, I’m the best punter the Vikings have ever had. So we’ll see what happens.”
Asked how he’d feel if the Vikings followed the same pattern they did with Ryan Longwell and released him quickly after the draft, Kluwe said, “I would be disappointed because I would prefer to stay in Minnesota. I like it here. I like the fans and it’s a great state. But as players, we don’t have much of a choice about it. You never know where you’re going to be from one year to the next. I can only do what I can do. If the Vikings end up cutting me, I’ll find a job somewhere else.”