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One Of The Most Popular Players In The NFL Was Just Cut Unexpectedly

Oakland Raiders players run onto the field.

OAKLAND, CA - DECEMBER 24: Gabe Jackson #66 of the Oakland Raiders runs onto the field against the Indianapolis Colts prior to their NFL game at Oakland Alameda Coliseum on December 24, 2016 in Oakland, California. (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)

It takes a lot for a punter to get attention, but Marquette King has done it, both for his ability on the field, and his enigmatic personality. Despite coming off of a strong 2017 season, King was just cut by the Oakland Raiders.

Jon Gruden is back with the Raiders after a long time off from coaching. He's not afraid to shake things up with the franchise.

According to Raiders Snake Pit beat writer Bill Williamson, Gruden was at the center of this decision. From Twitter:

King was not the only player released. Tight end Clive Walford was also let go.

Mike Garafolo has more on how Marquette King's release went down:

https://twitter.com/mikegarafolo/status/979822365491253249 King had 69 punts last season for 3,270 yards. His net average of 42.7 yards per punt was a career high. In 2016, he was a second-team All-Pro. Back in 2014, he led the NFL in punting yardage. King has been one of the NFL's top punters for much of his career. His personality makes him one of the more popular players in the league, despite his position, which has fans dismayed.

The Raiders will save money on the deal. There's a chance that it was more of an economic decision than something based on Gruden not being a fan of King's personality.

Either way, it is a very surprising move. King shouldn't have too much of an issue finding a new team though.