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

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Punter Marquette King has been released by the Oakland Raiders after six seasons spent in the Bay Area.

King had formed a formidable 1-2 punch with long-time Oakland place kicker Sebastian Janikowski, who missed the 2017 regular season with an injury. The left-footed Jankowski, who was known among Raiders fans by the nickname "Seabass", is the franchise's all-time leader in points (1,799) and games played (268). King will likely be a hot commodity on the market, as many teams will value his strong leg and rare athleticism.

On 69 punts, King landed 28 inside the opponent's 20-yard line with 6 of those resulting in a touchback.

According to Raiders.com, the team has announced the release of King and tight end Clive Walford on Friday. San Francisco re-signed him on October 24, 2017, and he appeared in each of the team's final nine games of the season. He registered 16 combined tackles and a pass defensed with the 49ers.

A second-team All-Pro selection in 2016, King finished first in Pro Bowl fan voting past year, although he was never selected for that all-star game. Wadman has yet to record a punt in the National Football League, yet the second-year pro could be asked to step in.

The 5-foot-11, 210-pounder was originally drafted by the Jacksonville Jaguars in the first round (21st overall) of the 2007 NFL Draft. He also appeared in five postseason games over his career.

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