Last week, the Oakland Raiders made the surprising decision to part ways with longtime punter Marquette King after six seasons. The move was made to save nearly $3 million in salary cap space this offseason, but the discussion shifted over to head coach Jon Gruden making the decision as part of sending a message.
All of this put King on the open market, and on Thursday he decided to ink a three-year deal to join the Denver Broncos. According to Mike Klis of 9News, the 29-year-old chose the Broncos in part due to wanting to enact revenge on his former team.
It is clear that things ended in Oakland on harsh terms given that he was visiting the team’s practice facility to meet the coaches when he was brought in by general manager Reggie McKenzie to be informed about his release. He also didn’t have the chance to meet with Gruden in any capacity before the move was made by management.
All of this makes it reasonable for him to have some level of disdain and sense of revenge on his mind to get back at the team that left him in such a memorable fashion. He will have the chance to play the Raiders twice a season over at least the next three years that he is under contract.
Although he may just be a punter, he has proven to be one of the better players at his position in the league over the last few seasons. Punting ability aside, King may have a few new celebrations up his sleeve directed at his former team when the two take the field. There could be some verbal barbs thrown in both directions that may see things get a little chippy. Nonetheless, it should make for another entertaining aspect to the rivalry between the teams.