The Release of Punter Marquette King

Shock Swells as Raiders Release Punter Marquette King

Nothing is more shocking to an NFL team than releasing a certain player, especially so if that player happens to be the punter.

The Raiders recently just released punter Marquette King from the team, a move that was naturally a huge shock to the sports world and fans in general. For a punter, King was one of the most highly regarded players at his position, one that doesn't get nearly as much limelight as others. He is only 29 years old and is one of the top punters in the league and loved a lot by fans.

By releasing King, the Raiders can save close to $3 million in cap space this year, says ESPN, which is fitting since the team doesn't have that much in cap space right now. However, finances aren't the real reason for King's release, but rather for "personality issues," as head coach Jon Gruden put it.

According to reporters Bill Williamson and Vic Tafur, it was Gruden's call to get rid of King, with "personality issues" being the reason but not elaborating much beyond that. Former coach Jack Del Rio may have some knowledge of this, as back during the 2016 season he mentioned how tired he was of King's behavior after he made 15-yard personal foul penalties in consecutive games. In fact he had four of them between the 2016 and 2017 seasons, which is strange since no other punter in the league ever had those kinds of penalties.

Despite having a rather loud personality, King himself didn't appear to be too upset over the news, as he posted a picture of himself simply skateboarding not too long after he got the news. It also helps that the Vikings have gotten in touch with King's agent, hinting at him possibly being added to their roster.

Statistically, King had one of his best seasons in 2017, coming in sixth in the league with 47.4 yards per punt and his own career high of a 42.7 yard net average in punting.



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