AFC West: Mat McBriar

The Oakland Raiders may be replacing one of the best punters of all time with one of the most famous punters ever.

Kluwe
Kluwe
Chris Kluwe, who was recently cut by the Minnesota Vikings, told Fox Sports that he will be signing a one-year deal with the Raiders.

An Oakland pursuit of Kluwe made sense as the Raiders did not have a punter with any NFL experience on the roster after star Shane Lechler departed to Houston in free agency. Oakland has Marquette King, who spent last season on injured reserve. Although King showed potential and impressed with a booming leg last season, he is raw and inconsistent.

Oakland looked at veteran punters Jason Baker and Mat McBriar last week. Signing Kluwe is the best option, and he'll likely be the favorite to win the job because of his eight years of NFL experience. But if King is the better punter this summer, there could be competition for the starting job.

Kluwe has rare notoriety for a punter. He is a colorful character and he is outspoken, including his stance on gay rights.

Kluwe, a native Californian, already has some Raiders in him. He was fined last season for writing a tribute to legendary Oakland punter Ray Guy on his uniform.

So, in all aspects, this seems like a nice fit.

Meanwhile, the Josh Cribbs signing in Oakland is not official, although he and his agents have said the wide receiver is heading there. The Raiders must cut a player to make room for him on the 90-man roster. Another player will have to be cut to make room for Kluwe.

Also, the agent for safety Charles Woodson told ESPN’s Josina Anderson that the Denver Broncos, the Raiders and a new team are all talking to his client. Woodson visited the Broncos and had a good visit there. ESPN’s Ed Werder is reporting the Giants are now interested.
The Oakland Raiders are considering veteran punters to compete with young, but raw Marquette King.

The Raiders recently worked out veterans Jason Baker and Mat McBriar. The Raiders are seriously considering bringing in a veteran to compete with King. It would be the smart move. King has a huge leg, but he was inconsistent last summer and he has no regular-season NFL experience. The team still believes in King, but like every other position, the Raiders want competition.

Longtime star Shane Lechler signed with Houston this offseason. Baker, 34, last played in the NFL with Carolina. McBriar, 33, was with the Eagles last season. He played for new Oakland special-teams coach Bobby April in Philadelphia. Oakland could potentially look at other veterans, including Chris Kluwe, who was cut by the Vikings earlier in the week.

Again, these workouts don’t necessarily spell doom for King’s chances of being Oakland’s punter this season, but they do show Oakland has interest in bringing in veteran competition.

Meanwhile, former Browns receiver/returner Josh Cribbs is visiting the Giants, according to ESPNNewYork.com. He is visiting the Raiders and Jets this week as well. Cribbs reportedly has an offer from the Raiders. But the fact that he is still visiting teams means he is looking for a better offer.

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