Marquette King eyes punting for the Broncos

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The Raiders cut him abruptly, and the Broncos could be giving him a landing spot.

Punter Marquette King has spoken to the Broncos about a possible alliance with the obvious goal (at least collateral goal) of tormenting the Raiders.

“Marquette would love an opportunity to come visit there,’’ King’s agent, Wynn Silberman, told Mike Klis of 9News.com. “Obviously, Denver is a punter’s dream. They’re high on his list.”

Riley Dixon currently serves as the punter in Denver, and as Klis notes there’s no specific reason to believe the team isn’t happy with him. But if King would be regarded as an upgrade, the Broncos could be interested in exploring the possibility.

Of course, the fact that King’s agent is going public with the player’s interest in the Broncos may be a sign that the interest in King isn’t as significant as King’s agent had hoped — especially at the $3 million he was due to earn in 2018.

14 responses to “Marquette King eyes punting for the Broncos

  1. I think Marquette is a great punter. The problem is all the “swag” he feels he has to do. You see it more and more from other players as well. Sack dances, celebrations for normal plays. Imagine if you did a dance every time as an electrician you wired a circuit, or a plumber tied in some taps. Pay a bill at the bank? run to the middle of the bank and do a dance!

    If he would have just punted the ball like the pro-bowl player he is would be getting $3,000,000 this year. Thats $176k before taxes and deductions per week. Or about triple the average salary where I live. He could have earned what people around here earn over 51 years. Thats an expensive dance.

  2. I mean, King was a significant contributor to his team. It was not just a take for granted you could run past him like many other “only the punter left to beat” plays.

    With that said, the NFL needs to do something with the pay scale nonsense of paying an exorbitant amount of money to a handful of players and a whole lot of NFL players the ridiculous minimums, while the top has no ceiling. The QB’s salary in the NFL has just gotten out of hand and stupid. It is now far worse than the old Rookie contract in terms of comparing it to other player salaries. It is now an injustice. Players should not continue to tolerate this injustice. Its the equivalent of college football where all the coaches and schools get filthy rich and the players get peanuts. This is a team sport, not tennis or golf. In no universe should a QB earn $24 mlll a year and a strong solid starting linesman or non rookie starter only earn $700K, just because of the name of the position. If a QB was like a pitcher, who could do anything by himself, it would make sense. But everybody knows, and its said all the time, a QB, even a good one, MUST have a LOT of surrounding talent in order to win anything. The league needs to put ranges on all positions in the next CBA. In no universe does a QB deserve to be paid like an NBA superstar and $20 million more than most other position stars on a team-NONE!!!

  3. Nothing personal to people who like living 5K above sea level but some people are not born for it. From Asthma and Migraine sufferers to those with the Sickle Cell trait to your everyday car. I went from a high altitude to low altitude as a kid and went from headache hell into a normal life. From a dark room life to the field of dreams. I know I’m not the only one, quite common (as we now know).

    Has nothing to do with the good people of Denver. I respect 95% of everyone. But to stick it to another team or pad stats because of rarified air, is nothing to respect. Get paid in a city you respect and have the chance to love. If that’s the case, then go for it. Good for you and your good fortune. Otherwise, be careful for what you wish for…

  4. Thetruthis says:
    April 5, 2018 at 7:05 am

    This is a team sport, not tennis or golf. In no universe should a QB earn $24 mlll a year and a strong solid starting linesman or non rookie starter only earn $700K, just because of the name of the position. If a QB was like a pitcher, who could do anything by himself, it would make sense.

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    While I agree the QB market seems unfair, it’s a free market you want to control and there are only 15 QB’s that 99% of the teams really want. They are making less than the top 15 golfers in the world.

    Obviously you’ve never pitched before. The #1 thing most (not all) pitchers need is a catcher on the same page. Sucks to go through the progressions (pitch selection) when the catcher should KNOW you and what you want to throw. Your rhythm depends on him.

    Then you need proper rest, proper coaching, proper lifestyle, proper post game treatment. Some are ground ball pitchers which means guys NEED TO make EVERY routinE play. Great plays are a bonus.

    Not to mention the mound. Some mounds suck. Not to mention wind direction. Not to mention humidity and other weather factors. Not to mention blisters. Not to mention a bunch more stuff. More going on IN being a pitcher than almost everyone on the planet knows. Yes, some just rare back and fire. Most ‘pitch’. Those who just fire don’t last long anyway. Nolan Ryan is a 500 pitcher with gaudy stats. He never pitched. Just threw two unhittable pitches that went wherever they went and the results were when he was ‘on’ he was unreal. When he was off, patience beat him. He was never a pitcher in the Greg Maddux sense of pitching. Seaver was something in between.

    If there was a ever a position where someone controls the ball and yet relies so much on everyone and everything else, if ANYTHING, a QB and a Pitcher are quite similar.

  5. The skill difference between the #1 and the #32nd ranked punter is not as wide as one would think…certainly as dollars go the gap is huge, so cap wise can’t overpay this position. Nothing much more to it, no real story here. His agent was a pig.

  6. Thetruthis says:
    April 5, 2018 at 7:05 am

    This is a team sport, not tennis or golf. In no universe should a QB earn $24 mlll a year and a strong solid starting linesman or non rookie starter only earn $700K, just because of the name of the position. If a QB was like a pitcher, who could do anything by himself, it would make sense.
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    What if each position was “assigned” a percentage of the cap and adjusted based on factors like player time in league, weight of the position (yes QBs should get a higher percentage, but not astronomical), starter, number of plays on the field, and several other contributory factors. I, personally would like to see bonuses given for outstanding plays at your particular position, etc. I know it’s a radical idea, but think about it.

  7. Thetruthis says: “I mean, King was a significant contributor to his team…. With that said, the NFL needs to do something with the pay scale nonsense of paying an exorbitant amount of money to a handful of players and a whole lot of NFL players the ridiculous minimums, while the top has no ceiling.”
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    So you think a guy kicking the ball 4-5 times a game while a QB is in 75 plays a game and has 100x more responsibilities on every single down should be paid the same?!?

    A QB is worth whatever a team is willing to pay. If other players are jealous, then they can switch positions and tryout for QB. Or they can excel at their position and be paid top dollar for that role.

  8. He only acts like this because of his insecurities about not being as good of an athlete as the other football players. He was a WR in college, but best gig he can get in the league is kicking.

  9. what a bunch of whiners …..whats wrong with a kid having fun…after all it’s just a game…..i know when King kept landing punts time and time again inside the 5 yard line I was happy. Maybe I didn’t dance, but i sure did smile. Let him see what he can get on the open market. I would have no problem resigning him for less money.

    Go Raiders!!!

  10. Hell no. No one wants to watch a dancing clown punter. And no punter should ever make more than a couple hundred K over league minimum– anything more is a waste of valuable cap space on a guy who only plays half-a-dozen snaps per game. This tool can take his sideshow antics somewhere else.

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