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By: Aj Mansour | KFAN.com
Minneapolis, MN - As if the Chris Kluwe saga in Minnesota could get any weirder than it already has, another punter has now tweeted a message implying that he might be the most recent addition to the Minnesota Vikings roster.
Former New York Jets punter T.J. Conley sent out a message claiming to be a "member of the Minnesota Vikings" and included a TwitPic of the sign inside the lobby at Vikings headquarters in Eden Prairie.
I'm extremely exited and proud to say that I am now a member of the Minnesota Vikings! twitter.com/tjconley4/stat…— T.J. Conley(@tjconley4) January 9, 2013
Conley, a 27 year old punter, was not in the league for the 2012 season but spent 2011 punting for the New York Jets. During his time in New York, Conley got a lot of work punting 92 times with an average of 42.7 yards and a long of 63.
Current Vikings punter Chris Kluwe probably doesn't have too much to be worried about as Conley would have signed a futures contract claiming his rights leading up to the 2013 season.
Kluwe is scheduled to undergo surgery on his non-kicking left leg to repair a torn meniscus, but there may be something to be said about his outspoken nature and how it has been perceived within the locker room and up in the front office. If you remember, Kluwe was everywhere around the time of the 2012 presidential election, drawing some undesired attention to the organization with his outspoken support of the LGBT community and their "Vote No" campaign.
Chris Kluwe's statistics and consistency will speak for themselves (both of which are better than Conley's), but much like Brad Childress did in 2008, the Vikings may be inviting competition to Training Camp in order to turn Kluwe's focus back to the field.