Marquette King, Raiders Agree on New Contract: Latest Details, Reaction

The Oakland Raiders announced they agreed to terms on a new contract with punter Marquette King on Monday.

Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reported King's deal is a five-year extension worth $16.5 million in total and $7.75 million in guaranteed money. CBS Sports' Jason La Canfora added King will make $10.75 million in the first three years of the contract.

The team's official Twitter account posted a brief message from King to the fans:

King continued to react to the deal on his own account:

Oakland quarterback Derek Carr was among those to reach out and congratulate King:

As the Raiders' announcement indicates, King was second in the NFL and set a franchise record in 2015 with 40 punts downed inside the 20-yard line.

King's evident expertise in aiding the Raiders' field position is invaluable. Locking him up to a long-term deal ensures one of the NFL's best kicking tandems remains in place.

During a conference call, King spoke about how he has improved since arriving at the NFL level, via Scott Bair of

When I first came in, the only thing I did have was a driver. Even when I play golf, all I want to do is drive the ball as far as I can. When I got better with the punting deal, I was focused on punting the ball in the trash cans in the corner of the field with just aim. … Constantly doing little drills like that, walking around the field dropping the ball on the lines and doing it to the point to where I just got exhausted and got tired and aggravated is what helped it become second nature. … That’s how I got better.

In addition to King, Oakland also boasts cannon-legged kicker Sebastian Janikowski, for who King serves as the holder. Overshadowed to a degree by Janikowski's perpetual presence, this massive investment in King shows how critical the punter is.

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