The Oakland Raiders have signed punter Marquette King to a long-term deal as announced on Monday. After spending the 2012 season on the Reserve/Injured List, King has been a key player for the Raiders in the last three seasons.
It was reported that King punted 83 times for 3,697 yards last season, having a gross average of 44.5 and a net average of 40.7. King also set a franchise record with 40 punts placed inside opponents’ 20-yard line, which placed him in second place in the league for the 2015 season.
According to NBC Sports, Marquette King signed a five-year deal for $16.5 million with $7.75 guaranteed. This deal came after the fact that King was suppose to become an unrestricted free agent next week.
Two seasons ago, King also set a single-season franchise record by punting 109 times for 4,930 yards. King is also the only punter since 1976 with at least 100 punts in a single season for the Oakland Raiders. Additionally, in 2014, King placed 30 of those punts in the 20-yard line.
Before the Raiders, King played with Fort Valley State and earned first-team Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference honors. He was also named the team’s Most Valuable Player in his last year of college.
The move for the Raiders is quite a good one since King has been able to replace Edward Lechler quite well. Lechler is a future Hall of Famer and was the old punter for the Raiders and did wonders for the team. Marquette King seems to be doing the same and is one of the best punters in the league. In the end, the Oakland Raiders did the right thing in keeping him.