Raiders cut Marquette King, Clive Walford

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The Raiders released punter Marquette King and waived tight end Clive Walford, the club announced Friday.

King, originally signed by the club as an undrafted free agent in 2012, spent his first six years with the Raiders. He played 80 games, punting 426 times for 19,941 yards (46.8 average). He pinned 156 punts inside the 20 with 33 touchbacks.

He finished first in Pro Bowl fan voting last year, though he has never made an all-star game.

The Raiders signed King to a five-year, $16.5 million contract extension a year ago. His release saves the Raiders $2.9 million against their cap.

Walford, originally drafted by the Raiders in the third round of the 2015 NFL Draft, played 44 games with 10 starts. He made 70 catches for 768 yards and six touchdowns in his career in Oakland.

54 responses to “Raiders cut Marquette King, Clive Walford

  1. This is why all NFL contracts should 100% guaranteed: if your team is dumb enough to give a punter $16 million your team deserves to be punished by having to pay every cent of that contract.

  2. “All-star game?” I think you meant “all-pro team.” But even then, Marquette King was named a second-team all-pro in 2016.

  3. They Better Sign Khalil Mack.

    No excuse.

    Raiders have trimmed payroll and spent little to nothing

  4. This is why all NFL contracts should 100% guaranteed: if your team is dumb enough to give a punter $16 million your team deserves to be punished by having to pay every cent of that contract.
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    You guarantee contracts and guys will mail it in. Guaranteed contracts only guarantee one thing. That half of the guys are “your” team will be “hurt” all the damn time or coming in to camp out of shape. Why give 100% if you have 50 million in the bank already. All of a sudden that double cheeseburger sounds pretty good.
    You want minor league football? Give these dimwits guaranteed money.

  5. Marquette King is easily a top 5 punter in the league. He’ll get a new job fast. That guy is also a ninja when it comes to fake-punts, botched punt recovery and 4th down conversions.

  6. Marquette King would be an improvement for probably 28 teams in the NFL. Though only 27 of those would consider him, because the Patriots only ever sign left-footed punters.

  7. dylanjharper says:
    March 30, 2018 at 4:35 pm
    This is why all NFL contracts should 100% guaranteed: if your team is dumb enough to give a punter $16 million your team deserves to be punished by having to pay every cent of that contract.

    This comment is much more dumb than paying a top 5 punter a competitive salary.

  8. In my estimation, Gruden was not only a bad choice as Raider HC (in fact just a publicity stunt) but cutting probably the best punter in the league also qualifies him as certifiably crazy.

    As much as I hate to say it, I think that 4 wins in 2018 would be an optimistic estimate for the Raiders.

  9. when your idiot punter is getting 15 yard penalties that gets old quick. and it looks like Gruden isnt messing around from the start. plus is saves money.

  10. cheaptrix12 says:
    March 30, 2018 at 4:45 pm
    Marquette King is easily a top 5 punter in the league. He’ll get a new job fast.

    ——————–

    If he plays. He’s been opening musing about retirement and joint ventures with Pat McAfee for months now.

  11. Walford will be signed by the Dolphins. They literally have none on the roster (except the Practice Squad) and Walford was a standout at The U. He would be welcomed home. Still not sure why he did not live up to expectations because Miami U has had great TE’s and this guy was better than most of them. I hope it happens.

  12. Can’t blame Gruden on this one. Paying a punter nearly $3m a year is straight lunacy, especially when a roster has as many holes as Oakland’s does. Gruden knows he can get 80% of King’s production from a free agent for 1/5th of the cost. No punter is worth more than a $1m a year, regardless of how good they are.

  13. chefninerapologist says:
    March 30, 2018 at 4:45 pm
    This is why all NFL contracts should 100% guaranteed: if your team is dumb enough to give a punter $16 million your team deserves to be punished by having to pay every cent of that contract.
    ———————-
    You guarantee contracts and guys will mail it in. Guaranteed contracts only guarantee one thing. That half of the guys are “your” team will be “hurt” all the damn time or coming in to camp out of shape. Why give 100% if you have 50 million in the bank already. All of a sudden that double cheeseburger sounds pretty good.
    You want minor league football? Give these dimwits guaranteed money.
    ————-

    You mean like all those lazy, mailing-it-in hockey players and basketball players with they are guaranteed contracts?

    Why do some people assume that world class athletes who made it to the top 1% of their sport are actually lazy losers?

  14. It’s funny how people cry that all contracts aren’t fully guaranteed. Can you go to work, ask for a raise, get it, start slacking off and coming in late everyday, then be “fully guaranteed” your job and paycheck for years to come no matter what you do?

    Everyone wants to start these pity parties, just wait until your favorite team is bogged down with fully guaranteed guys who aren’t living up to their salaries and it’s preventing you from building the rest of your team. Then you’ll be crying for those bums to be dumped in any way possible.

    Let’s save our pity for people who actually deserve it. A millionaire punter who will instantly land another high paying job to kick footballs a few times a week seems like a pretty weak cause to champion for. Get a grip here.

  15. Remember when he was hamming on up with Talib for photos acting like Talib was ripping his chain off?

    I do. So long idiot. Punters shouldn’t be getting 15 yarders for dancing with flags and being a clown.

  16. Not stoked.

    They had better lock up Mack, ASAFP.

    Reggie was supposed to have the Raiders in a cap friendly situation, even with signing Carr AND Mack.

    What happened?

    Conley and Melinfonwu had better play at an All-Pro level out of the gates.

  17. Well, the wacky hijinx and the 15 yard penalties didn’t help.
    How good of a punter can you be to offset the non- punting stuff? Too much money being spent on that position, coupled with the other stuff actually leavesme in- surprised.
    Just punt the ball. Don’t try to be an entertainer. Nobody wants to focus on the punter. Do yourjob and get off the field.
    And for crying out loud, don’t draw 15 yard penalties.

  18. King seems like a great person, and is clearly among the most talented punters in the league. I hate to see him go. It’s pretty obvious though that Gruden is sending a message that even great players can be cut if they don’t take the game as serious as he thinks they should. He’s not messing around.

    Whether that motivates the locker room, or divides it remains to be seen. But I bet it got a lot of guys attention for sure. I hope his hard nose approach will motivate the players, but it could as easily blow up in his face. He’s made a lot of roster moves for a team that only a year ago had big hype. Typically it’s not wise to mess with a good thing.

    Obviously a lot of thing’s went wrong last year, including injuries and coaching, but I’m not sure you want to blow up what chemistry they had going. I guess time will tell, it should be interesting to watch anyway. I’m hoping it’s not a train wreck. And for the love of God, sign Bowman already, if nothing else as an insurance policy. The Raider Nation has had enough of this pathetic MLB play for what seems like forever.

  19. $2.9 million is a lot for a punter. Hes also a bit of a drama queen… as far as punters go. Didnt he have a few unsportsmanlike penalties last year? and if I remember they were all completely dumb and unnecessary like for showboating or talking smack. You usually dont have to worry about that out of your punter.

  20. Gruden is cleaning house. Who signs a punter to a five year deal paying 16 million dollars? And for what? His stats are good but they can be replicated for a lot less money.

  21. war27 says:
    March 30, 2018 at 8:06 pm

    Remember when he was hamming on up with Talib for photos acting like Talib was ripping his chain off?

    I do. So long idiot. Punters shouldn’t be getting 15 yarders for dancing with flags and being a clown.

    ======================

    I could almost agree with that if it weren’t for the fact that Gruden is keeping a cancer like Lynch notwithstanding the fact that Lynch ran onto the field and shoved an official in the Chiefs game in defense of his “cousin” Marcus Peters who had just put a cheap late hit on Derek Carr.

  22. King was a very good punter, though his dancing and such was a distraction. It seemed he enjoyed playing. I guess Gruden or someone else on the team will come out on why he was cut. As for Walford, he was a bust. Never panned out and was a terrible draft selection. The team was young last year, now they’re old. A team has to be young and have hungry players that want to learn. I don’t understand Gruden and what he’s doing with the team.

  23. almost 1/3 of the punters in the league make over 2.5 million per, and top 5 make over 3 million per….King at 2.9 was not that bad. I just think Gruden feels they will not be punting that much next year.

  24. Everyone says “he’s a great punter!”
    I agree. He is.
    I’m now trying to find the punter that won the Super Bowl.
    Not finding anything.
    Assign the value the position requires and go get that guy at that value.
    Minus the nonsense and penalties.

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