Raiders cut Chris Kluwe, Tyler Wilson

A day after we all laughed at them (even more than usual), the Raiders have finally come to their senses about keeping four quarterbacks and two punters on the 53-man roster.

On Sunday they reportedly trimmed a player at each position, and all was back to normal in Raider Nation. Or at least as close to normal as things could be in the Raider Nation. Crazy bunch, those folks.

Let’s start with the hottest position battle in camp this year. No, not the race for starting quarterback. I’m talking about punter. Yes, punter.

Chris Kluwe was given his walking papers in favor of the second-year Marquette King. Both players were solid throughout the preseason. But the Raiders opted for the far-more-booming yet more inconsistent leg of King over Kluwe’s accuracy and experience. Kluwe was classy as ever about the news on Twitter:

Good dude, that Kluwe. Impossible to root against him.

Elsewhere on roster, the Raiders brought resolution to the bottom half of their quarterback depth. The team asked rookie Tyler Wilson to box up his things and will keep undrafted free agent Matt McGloin instead. Yes, the Raiders are saying adios to a player they drafted in the fourth round this year, and to whom they gave a $450,900 signing bonus, to keep an undrafted free agent. Are we sure Al Davis is actually dead?

But Wilson didn’t really give the Raiders much of a choice. After early buzz in OTAs that he could beat out Matt Flynn for the starting gig, Wilson floundered in training camp, soon fell behind McGloin on the depth chart and didn’t impress in the scant playing time he saw in two games.

There’s a chance Wilson could be sent to the practice squad should he clear waivers. But knowing the Raiders’ luck, he’ll catch on elsewhere, turn his career around, start dating a supermodel and become a hall of famer.


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