A surprise! Raiders release punter Marquette King and fans voice their frustration

The Raiders surprisingly released punter Marquette King on Friday

Despite being one of the premier and best punters in the entire league, the Oakland Raiders chose to part ways with Marquette King on Friday.

Signing 29-year-old King would likely be a considerably larger hit against the salary cap, which is already stretched out after signing quarterback Kirk Cousins, defensive tackle Sheldon Richardson, and wide receiver Kendall Wright, but would also provide more stability than going forward with Quigley. Moral of the story here: Life comes at you fast. He placed 156 punts inside the 20-yard line against 33 touchbacks.

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 terrible Raiders team that went 4-12. He averaged 46.8 yards per punt over the past five seasons and was rewarded for his rise with a five-year, $16.5 million extension in February 2016. It definitely wasn't a talent thing.

In 2014, King led the National Football League in punting yards and was named a Second Team All-Pro in 2016.

Yet, a couple weeks into free agency, the Raiders cut their popular punter.

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Walford was a third-round pick by the Raiders in 2015.

The Raiders formally announced the release of King, who reportedly showed up to the team facility earlier Friday and was pulled aside by general manager Reggie McKenzie and informed of the transaction, according to the NFL Network.

A punter getting an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty?

I was told King's release was a "message" and it was a Gruden-led decision. He was cut by the team's GM right as he arrived on Friday.

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