Now Kluwe is the punter on the team for which Guy played. The Oakland Raiders confirmed Friday they signed the controversial free-agent punter who spent the past eight years with the Vikings.
Kluwe already made it clear that the only punting he will do is on the football field. When it comes to the social issues for which he is infamously passionate -- especially same-sex marriage and equality in sports -- the vociferous Kluwe will continue to attack as he sees fit through social media.
Originally signed as a free-agent rookie out of UCLA by the Seattle Seahawks in 2005, Kluwe played in 127 career games in his eight years with Minnesota. He holds the franchise record with a 44.4-yard average (623 punts, 27,683 yards). His net average of 37.2 yards is second in Vikings history.
"I'm excited to be an Oakland Raider and be playing in California," Kluwe told FOX Sports. "Now, my family can actually come to games. ... Hopefully, I'll be able to play for the next seven years and end my career in California."
The Raiders needed a punter to replace Shane Lechler, who signed a three-year contract with the Houston Texans, after breaking many of Guy's records. Lechler is a seven-time Pro Bowl selection and had two of the top four punting averages in NFL history -- 51.1 yards in 2009 and 50.8 yards in 2009.
Kluwe told FOX Sports he intends to remain a vocal advocate of equality in sports and beyond.
"I'm still going to be myself socially and continue to tweet and interact with my fans," Kluwe said.
Kluwe says he already has his eye on California's Proposition 8 that was passed by voters in 2008 and limits the state to recognize only marriages between a man and a woman. The legality of the law was argued in the U.S. Supreme Court in March and a ruling is expected next month. Kluwe says if the measure is not repealed he will address it.
--With most of the national publicity having subsided, D.J. Hayden was back doing what he loves best: wearing a helmet, playing cornerback, and knocking down passes in the defensive secondary.
The Raiders rookie cornerback became a national story when the Raiders drafted him on April 25, less than five months after a freak practice collision ruptured a vein leading to his heart.
Surgeons repaired the vein -- the injury had a 95 percent fatality rate -- and had to cut through his sternum to do it.
Hayden lost 25 pounds. It took him more than three weeks to start walking. But when Hayden came back, he came back fast. By his Pro Day, Hayden was able to run a 4.33 time in the 40-yard dash and re-establish himself as a potential first-round draft pick.
Raiders general manager Reggie McKenzie said the Raiders would have taken Hayden with the third overall pick had not a trade been available to move down to No. 12 and get Miami's second-round choice.
With that as a backdrop, the football field represented normalcy to Hayden at the Raiders rookie minicamp.
"It felt so great just to be out there, to put the helmet back on and actually be back on the field," Hayden said.
Hayden practiced despite a slight hamstring strain incurred while training for his Pro Day 40-yard dash, but said he has been "completely" cleared by doctors.
On one play, Hayden missed a jam at the line of scrimmage but made a quick recovery and broke up a pass with a wide swipe of his right hand.
"I think he's looked pretty good," coach Dennis Allen said. "He made a nice play on the ball today. I'm pleased with where D.J.'s at. It's going to be a learning process. It's putting one foot in front of the other. I think when it comes time to play games this September he'll be ready to roll."
As for playing for the first time following the surgery, Hayden said he didn't really think about it in terms of it being dangerous.
"I don't even think about it," Hayden said. "The only time I think about it is when somebody asks me. But when I'm on the field I don't think about it. I think about the play, and I think about the coverage. I've put it past me."
Free-agent safety Charles Woodson will visit with the Raiders on Tuesday, his agent told ESPN.
Woodson, 36, was released by the Green Bay Packers earlier this offseason. He has visited with the San Francisco 49ers and Denver Broncos, but has not received an offer. Agent Carl Poston said the Carolina Panthers and New York Giants have also shown some interest in Woodson.
Woodson spent his first eight NFL seasons as a cornerback for the Raiders after being the fourth overall pick in the 1998 draft out of Michigan. He joined the Packers in 2006 and spent the past seven seasons with Green Bay.
According to Poston, the Raiders have already made an initial contract offer. Oakland released veteran safety Michael Huff this offseason and doesn't have a ready-made replacement on the roster.
Woodson has said he would prefer to play for a Super Bowl contender, but has received tepid interest on the market.
Amy Trask, the Raiders' CEO since 1997, informed owner Mark Davis of her resignation Saturday (May 11).
In an e-mail, Trask said, "Earlier today, I informed Mark Davis of my decision to leave the Raiders. Having honored a commitment that I made to effectuate a smooth transition and transfer of control, I no longer wish to remain with the organization.
"For over a quarter of a century, it was my honor and my privilege to work for the Raiders. I will forever appreciate the opportunity afforded me by Al Davis."
The Raiders acknowledged Trask's departure with the following statement on the club website:
"Mark Davis, Carol Davis and the rest of the Raider family would like to thank Amy Trask for her valued contributions to the Raiders over the past 25 years. The Raiders wish her the very best in her future endeavors."
A fierce advocate for late owner Al Davis, Trask's influence in the organization was diminished since the hiring of Reggie McKenzie as general manager.
Quarterback Tyler Wilson is making up for lost time in his quest to challenge Matt Flynn and Terrelle Pryor once the Raiders come together for a full organized team activity on May 20.
"Obviously, there's a lot I have to learn," Wilson said. "I've got a lot of work to do to get up to speed because there have been veteran guys that have been here that are way ahead of me right now. So I'm playing catch-up. I do think I can bring some things to the table skill-set wise."
As impressive as Wilson's passing skills were, Raiders coach Dennis Allen liked the way the quarterback took charge on the field.
"I like the way that Tyler commanded the huddle," Allen said. "I've liked the way that he's gone through his reads. He's picking up a new system, but I think he's doing a nice job. I don't think there's any question about his arm strength and his accuracy."
Sixth-round draft pick Stacy McGee, a defensive tackle out of Oklahoma with the kind of off-field issues frowned upon by the new Raiders regime, believes he has put his problems behind him.
McGee had a DUI, a citation for possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia and two suspensions for violations of team rules at Oklahoma. The Raiders were on record as wanting "character" players.
Initial talks with McKenzie and the Raiders at the Combine, McGee said, were little more than simply letting them see "everything they heard wasn't me. It was just mistakes I've made."
The hope is getting away from home will be part of the maturation process.
"Getting away from my family, changing my life and the people I'm around will help a lot," McGee said.
Said Allen: "Guys are going to make mistakes. Nobody's perfect. When we did our research on him, we felt like he was a guy to whom we wanted to give a second opportunity."
"They're in catch-up mode right now. In this camp it's more about not really overloading them so much, giving us a chance to test them a little bit, let them run around and see what they can do."—Raiders coach Dennis Allen on the club's rookie minicamp.
The addition of Sio Moore adds to a revamped position group that also includes 2012 weak-side starter Miles Burris and unrestricted free agent signings Nick Roach, Kevin Burnett and Kaluka Maiava.
It also fuels speculation that the Raiders, who are still a bit light on defensive ends, could end up using a lot of 3-4 alignments. Allen won't reveal the Raiders' plans, saying the plan is to be multiple and will be dictated by personnel and putting players in their best position to make plays.
A closer look at Raiders' picks:
Round 1/12 - D.J. Hayden, CB, 5-11, 191, Houston
Scouting department regarded Hayden as the top cover corner in the draft and loves his ability to make plays on the ball in the air. Projected as an immediate starter. Serious medical issue (torn vein leading to heart) has been cleared by medical staff.
Round 2/42 - Menelik Watson, T, 6-5, 310, Florida State
Unique athletic background for a raw, multi-skilled player who could challenge for starting job on right side with some polish and rapid improvement. Raiders believe he has the passion and drive to be a quick learner and contribute quickly.
Round 3/66 - Sio Moore, OLB, 6-0, 245, Connecticut
Projected as an outside linebacker by coach Dennis Allen although he's played all over, Moore caught the eye of coaching staff at the Senior Bowl, where Oakland coached the North team. Plays with a chip on his shoulder and a mean streak.
Round 4/112 - Tyler Wilson, QB, 6-2, 215, Arkansas
Going into a situation where quarterbacks Matt Flynn and Terrelle Pryor have a combined three NFL starts, and with the Raiders implementing a new offense, Wilson has a chance to compete for starting job. Battle-tested in difficult 4-8 final season.
Round 6/172 - Nick Kasa, TE, 6-6, 269, Colorado
A part-time player as a defensive end for three seasons, Kasa requested a move to offense and has made great strides. Big enough to be a legitimate in-line blocker and fast enough to have caught a 70-yard touchdown pass.
Round 6/181 - Latavius Murray, RB, 6-2, 223, Central Florida
Averaged 5.4 yards per carry in his career, Murray has the size, speed and power to compete with free-agent acquisition Rashad Jennings to be the backup for starter Darren McFadden. Has a nose for the end zone, with 19 touchdowns as a senior.
Round 6/184 - Mychal Rivera, TE, 6-3, 242, Tennessee
In a depleted position, Rivera could be a complement for Kasa as a receiving tight end. Has superior receiving skills and can be put in motion or split wide. Finished senior season with 36 receptions for 562 yards and five touchdowns.
Round 6/205 - Stacy McGee, DT, 6-3, 303, Oklahoma
A head-scratcher in that McGee was an under-achiever with a rap sheet (a citation for marijuana, a DUI arrest) and drafted by a team that is stressing character. McGee had 2.5 career sacks but had a reputation for playing well in big games.
Round 7/209 - Brice Butler, WR, 6-3, 205, San Diego State
The son of NFL veteran corner Bobby Butler transferred from USC to San Diego State after graduating and caught 24 passes for 347 yards and four touchdowns. Raiders receivers coach Ted Gilmore was his first receivers coach at USC and pushed for him.
Round 7/233—David Bass, DE, 6-3, 262, Missouri Western
A finalist for the Gene Upshaw award as the best lineman in Division II, Bass had 40.5 career sacks, 11.5 as a senior and 56 career tackles for losses. Could figure immediately as a rush end given the Raiders lack of depth at the position.
G Cooper Carlisle moved to left guard after accepting a reduced contract and the Raiders will be looking to get younger and stronger at the position this season.
LB Omar Gaither ended up being the starting middle linebacker in the 4-3 defense after the Raiders demoted Rolando McClain and is looked at as a reserve player at best.
S Matt Giordano ended up starting most of the season after Michael Huff was moved to cornerback in Week 3, wants to return, and is at his best in a reserve role.
WR Derek Hagan found himself pushed aside for younger, more physically talented receivers even though his professionalism and route-running were top-notch.
QB Matt Leinart struggled after replacing the injured Carson Palmer in Week 16 and gave way to Terrelle Pryor in the regular-season finale. He's not a change for the system change to more dropback passing off play-action.
DT Richard Seymour missed eight games with a hamstring strain, and although both sides have said the right things, both will be relieved that their relationship is over.
CB Shawntae Spencer was lost in Week 3 with a serious foot sprain and never got well enough to return, eventually ending the season on injured reserve and in all probability looking for a new team in 2013.
(not tendered offers)
WR Duke Calhoun (not tendered as ERFA).
T Zach Hurd (not tendered as ERFA).
CB Phillip Adams: Potential RFA; $650,000/1 yr.
T Khalif Barnes: UFA; terms unknown.
LB Kaelin Burnett: ERFA; terms unknown.
CB Coye Francies: Not tendered as ERFA; $630,000/1 yr.
CB Joselio Hanson: UFA; $905,000/1 yr, $65,000 SB.
G Alex Parsons: ERFA; terms unknown.
CB Brandian Ross: ERFA; terms unknown.
RB Jeremy Stewart: ERFA; terms unknown.
T Alex Barron: FA; $715,000/1 yr.
LB Kevin Burnett: FA Dolphins; $3.6M/2 yrs.
DE Andre Carter: UFA; 1 yr, terms unknown.
WR/KR Joshua Cribbs: UFA Browns; 1 yr, terms unknown.
QB Matt Flynn (trade Seahawks).
DE Jason Hunter: UFA Broncos; terms unknown.
CB Mike Jenkins: UFA Cowboys; terms unknown.
RB Rashad Jennings: UFA Jaguars; terms unknown.
P Chris Kluwe: FA Vikings; terms unknown.
LB Kaluka Maiava: UFA Browns; $6M/3 yrs, $2.035M SB.
TE Jeron Mastrud: Not tendered as RFA by Dolphins; terms unknown.
CB Tracy Porter: UFA Broncos; $2.5M/1 yr.
LB Nick Roach: UFA Bears; $13M/4 yrs, $5M guaranteed.
DT Pat Sims: UFA Bengals; $1.5M/1 yr, $250,000 SB.
S Reggie Smith: FA; terms unknown.
DT Vance Walker: UFA Falcons; $1.3M/1 yr.
S Usama Young: FA Browns; $985,000/1 yr, $100,000 SB/$100,000 WO/$65,000 RB.
DT Desmond Bryant: UFA Browns; $34M/5 yrs, $15M guaranteed.
RB Mike Goodson: UFA Jets; $6.9M/3 yrs.
WR Darrius Heyward-Bey (released).
S Michael Huff (released/post-June 1 designation).
DT Tommy Kelly (released).
P Shane Lechler: UFA Texans; $5.5M/3 yrs, $1M SB.
LB Rolando McClain (released).
S Mike Mitchell: UFA Panthers; $840,000/1 yr.
TE Brandon Myers: UFA Giants; terms unknown.
S Akwasi Owusu-Ansah (released).
QB Carson Palmer (traded Cardinals).
DE Matt Shaughnessy: UFA Cardinals; 1M/1 yr.
TE Mickey Shuler (relased).
DE Dave Tollefson (released).
LB Philip Wheeler: UFA Dolphins; $26M/5 yrs, $7M SB/$13M guaranteed.