The Raiders have “recently” had veteran punters Jason Baker and Mat McBriar in for workouts and are “seriously considering” signing a punter, ESPN’s Bill Williamson reported Thursday.
Second-year pro Marquette King and undrafted rookie Bobby Cowan are currently the Raiders’ punters.
The 33-year-old McBriar punted 55 times in 13 games for Philadelphia in 2012, posting a 46.5-yard gross average and a 36.5-yard net average. The Eagles’ special teams coordinator in 2012, Bobby April, now holds the same position in Oakland, as Williamson noted.
Baker, 35, did not punt in the NFL in 2012. He posted a 34.1-yard net average in 16 games for Carolina in 2011. According to the Fort Wayne (Ind.) News-Sentinel, an undisclosed non-football injury was one of the factors keeping Baker off the field in 2012.
On Tuesday, PFT mentioned the Raiders as a team that could seemingly be a fit for ex-Vikings punter Chris Kluwe on need alone if neither King nor Cowan panned out or if the club wanted more experience at the position.
How ever the Raiders’ proceed at punter, King could be a player to watch over the course of the summer. He has excellent leg strength.