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Kluwe Signs Extension

This from Access Vikings.

The Vikings signed P Chris Kluwe to a six-year contract extension today, locking him up through the 2013 season. The deal includes $1.7 million in guaranteed money and is worth a total of $8.3 million, putting Kluwe among the 10 highest-paid punters in the NFL.

Finally, the contract also contains a $225,000 workout bonus.

"He's a guy that we identified early as a guy that we want here long-term," coach Brad Childress.

Kluwe would have been eligible to become a restricted free agent after the season. Kluwe currently ranks 14th in the NFL with a 44.2-yard gross average. He leads the league with 18 punts downed inside the opponents' 20-yard line.

"I hoped to make Minnesota my home and it's worked out," Kluwe said.

The Vikings now have all three of their specialists signed to long-term deals. PK Ryan Longwell is signed through 2010 and long snapper Cullen Loeffler's deal lasts through 2011.

Kluwe joined NT Pat Williams as veterans who have received extensions this season. He is the eighth since the start of the 2006 season.

Well, this is pretty positive news.  Kluwe has been one of the bright spots for the Vikings this year.  I know he had a down year in '06, but he was coming off of knee surgery.  This year his accuracy (save for the one punt against the Bears that was supposed to go out of bounds that Hester took back for a TD) has been a huge boon to the Vikings.

Would it be weird to get a punter's jersey?  Heck, if the offense doesn't shape up here sooner or later, Kluwe might be the team's MVP once or twice before he leaves Minnesota.