Published: Mon, April 02, 2018
Sport | By Floyd Cook

King moves on to free agency after Raiders release

King moves on to free agency after Raiders release

New Oakland Raiders head coach Jon Gruden cut Marquette King today and according to one writer, it was a move meant to send a "message". Moral of the story here: Life comes at you fast.

King, while a bit flashy, was actually a solid punter for the franchise the past few years.

In 2013, he led the league in yards per punt (48.9), which is highly impressive when you consider the fact that he was punting the whole time for a awful Raiders team that went 4-12.

King, who signed with the Raiders as an undrafted free agent following the 2012 NFL Draft, has appeared in 80 games over his six-year career, recording 426 punts for 19,941 yards (46.8 average). It definitely wasn't a talent thing.

He was named second team All-Pro by the Associated Press in 2016. Although he is arguably the most flamboyant punter in league history, his numbers during his time in Oakland are undeniable, via Raiders.com.

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In addition to his experience as a punter, King's unique skill set could give Fipp yet another weapon to keep opposing teams guessing.

While we're waiting for him to sign, let's sit back and enjoy the time that he picked up a flag and celebrated with it, which drew a 15-yard unsportsmanlike conduct penalty.

Between his on the field production, larger than life personality, and diverse skill set, Marquette King is easily the best punter available in 2018, and at 29, he's got plenty of football left to play.

So it makes sense that for the Giants to pursue King, but if they want him they'll need to act quickly.

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