When the Oakland Raiders decided to keep two punters on their 53-man roster in Chris Kluwe and Marquette King, many were wondering why they used a roster spot for an unnecessary backup punter.
The possible conclusions are that a) they have yet to decide who their starting punter will be, and/or b) they are looking to trade one of the two.
According to Peter King of Sports Illustrated, the second option is very true. King reports that the Raiders want a draft choice for one of their punters, although the question remains whether or not a team will be willing to make a deal.
This does give head coach Dennis Allen and company more time to ponder upon their decision. Whoever wins the starting job will be on the roster, while the other guy will be sent home.
Kluwe and King have been competing with each other for the starting gig all offseason, and they are on opposites ends of the spectrum in their careers. Kluwe is a eight-year veteran, while King has yet to play in a regular season game. Kluwe has the experience, while King has a cannon for a leg.
Kluwe, however, does have a lighter side to him, responding to Peter King’s tweet with this:
@SI_PeterKing I say yes, but I’m probably biased. We’re both pretty darn good.
— Chris Kluwe (@ChrisWarcraft) September 1, 2013