Whenever a recognizable NFL player gets cut, it’s common practice for fans of other teams to tell their team’s official Twitter account to sign that player.
I am throwing myself into the mix today by telling the @EAGLES to sign recently released punter Marquette King.
King was released by the Raiders on Friday in order to free up $2.9 million in cap space. This was a cost-cutting move for Oakland; it wasn’t performance related.
The 29-year-old King is still one of the better punters in the NFL. He was named second-team All Pro as recently as 2016. Here’s a look at how he’s performed in some key stats over the past few seasons.
2017: 42.7 net average (3rd in the NFL), 40.6% punts downed inside the 20 (10th)
2016: 41.4 net average (7th), 42.0% punts downed inside the 20 (8th)
2015: 40.7 net average (9th), 48.2% punts downed inside the 20 (2nd)
Those are good numbers. King ranked ahead of retired Eagles punter Donnie Jones in a number of those categories.
With Jones riding off into the sunset, the Eagles only have one punter on the roster: 2017 undrafted free agent signing Cameron Johnston. Johnston might have some potential but King is a proven commodity. Doug Pederson recently said the Birds plan to give Johnston some competition.
Signing King won’t count against the Eagles’ compensatory pick formula since the Raiders cut him. Another bonus to signing King is that he’s a really fun personality. He even dances after he punts.
The Raiders have released Marquette King which means 31 NFL TEAMS SHOULD TRY AND SIGN HIM IMMEDIATELY pic.twitter.com/Kg3z8ZZXJb— SB Nation (@SBNation) March 30, 2018
Hm, if only we knew a team that likes to celebrate plays by dancing.
It’s not hard to believe Jon Gruden may have cut King due to the punter’s personality. If that’s the case, Philadelphia should be looking to capitalize on the Raiders’ mistake.
Sign this guy, Eagles.
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