Cleaning House – By Stephen Siracusa

Updated: April 6, 2018

The Oakland Raiders hired a familiar face as there new Head Coach for the 2018 season earlier this off season, John “Chucky” Gruden and he is turning stuff upside down this off season. The Oakland Raiders released punter Marquette King on Friday March 30. King, a one-time All-Pro, had signed a five-year extension in the 2016 off season. The team cleared $2.9 million in cap space by releasing him for more off season moves, but it sounded like this move wasn’t completely for salary reasons. According to reports, new head coach Jon Gruden wasn’t a fan of King.
Although King had committed a total of four personal fouls in the last two seasons, including one time against the Bills when he celebrated with a flag thrown for roughing the kicker, he was still a solid punter. This season he achieved an average of 42.7 net punting yards (yards after factoring in the return), a mark that ranked third in the league behind Brett Kern and Johnny Hekker. Now that King’s gone, however, his antics will be remarked upon.


Even though Gruden was the one who clashed with the team’s punter, GM Reggie McKenzie was the one who informed King that he was being cut. There’s a new sheriff in town, and things are going to change around here and hopefully for the best! But actually the sheriff’s boss will inform you of the changes and the message will be delivered at the cost of an above-average punter. No one is safe on the roster or guaranteed a starting role, which should be the case for every single NFL team if you ask me! Whoever signs Marquette King is getting a pretty good punter.