Jan.1, 2012; Miami, FL, USA; New York Jets punter T.J. Conley (4) before a game against the Miami Dolphins at Sun Life Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

Punter T.J. Conley Tweets That He’s a Member of the Vikings

Are the Vikings trying to send Chris Kluwe another message? It appears maybe they are. A day after Kluwe’s appearance on The Colbert Report – in sandals – the Vikings have evidently added a punter to the mix. T.J. Conley broke the news himself via Twitter. “I’m extremely exited [sic] and proud to say that I am now a member of the Minnesota Vikings!” he tweeted.

As of now there’s no official word from the team but this appears to be a futures contract deal. The Vikes evidently had Conley in for a try out last week. Conley was on the Jets earlier this year before being cut.

So does this mean Kluwe’s days as a Viking are numbered? Gosh I hope not. I think Kluwe is a breath of fresh air in a jock culture dominated by mindless cliche-spewing drones. But I guess the Vikes don’t like the controversy that seems to follow Kluwe around. The Vikes are a pretty buttoned-down corporate outfit. Wouldn’t surprise me a bit to see them dump Kluwe for someone more…manageable.

Remember also that Kluwe is due to have surgery on his meniscus. So maybe this is less about the Vikes firing a warning shot over Kluwe’s bow than them covering themselves in case he ends up on the shelf for awhile. Signing Conley to a futures deal now at least guarantees they’ll have a punter with NFL experience going into camp. Whether this means Conley will be competing with Kluwe or replacing Kluwe…that’s a drama that will have to play out later.

(Update: team confirms Conley’s signing to a reserve/futures contract)

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  • http://twitter.com/rovibe71 Rob

    Kluwe loves the attention too much. Guy apparently thinks he’s a WR or QB. He’s a good punter. That’s it. Ryan Longwell was a good kicker, but I don’t hear anyone saying they’d rather have him over Blair Walsh right now. I hope the Vikings match that success and find their next punter late in the draft this year. I’m over Kluwe’s act.

  • PlanoVike

    Kluwe is not even an average directional punter. He continues to kick the ball between the hash marks to even the most dangerous return men. Cutting him would not even cause a blip.

  • cjohnston

    Dan, if you’re inerested in off-the field antics and colorful, attention grabbing players, please switch teams. How about the Bengals?

  • Robert Ries

    Kluwe’ delve into a very divisive subject as the punter of
    the Minnesota Vikings may or may not have any bearing on this personnel
    decision. This team has taken on the personality of the coach, and I’m not sure
    Frazier appreciates the distraction or attention Chris has garnered.

    His main purpose as part of this team was mediocre, most
    probable cause of all.

    He ranked 22nd out of 32 per average punt.