The Oakland Raiders continued to rebuild their kicking game Friday, releasing long-time punter Marquette King, whose on-field antics made him a fan favorite in his six years with the team. He figures to be a reserve in Paul Guenther's defense - the Raiders defensive coordinator was a Cincinnati Bengals assistant when Hall was selected by the franchise in the first round of the 2007 draft.
The release of King comes just two years into a five-year, $16.50 million extension, signed prior the 2016 season.
According to an ESPN report, King drove to the team facility to meet some of the new coaching staff Friday but was greeted by general manager Reggie McKenzie, who gave him the news. It is apparent that Gruden has formed to this team to his liking as the new-look Raiders look to bounce back in 2018 without their superstar punter.
According to Pro Football Reference, King ranks 4th all-time in yards per punt, trailing only former Raider Shane Lechler, who is No. 1 all-time.
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Over his six-year career, King has played in 80 games, recorded 426 punts for 19,941 yards (46.8 avg.) and pinned opponents inside the 20-yard line 156 times with 33 touchbacks.
At present time, the only punter on the roster for the Raiders is Colby Wadman, a rookie from UC Davis.
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Walford was a third-round pick by the Raiders in 2015. With the signing of Derek Carrier - another potential special teams player who was with Bisaccia in Dallas - Walford became expendable.