The left-footed Jankowski, who was known among Raiders fans by the nickname "Seabass", is the franchise's all-time leader in points (1,799) and games played (268).
After being named a second-team All-Pro in 2016, King finished out the 2017 season with the third-best net average (42.7) of any punter in the league, a full 13 spots higher than Jones, and he did so with some serious swagger.
Despite his solid efforts on special teams, the Vikings are seemingly willing to explore other options when it comes to who will be punting the ball during the 2018 season according to a recent report.
Originally signed by the club as an undrafted free agent in 2012, King played in 80 games, recorded 426 punts for 19,941 yards (46.8 avg.) and pinned opponents inside the 20-yard line 156 times with 33 touchbacks.
The decision to release King appears to be strictly money motivated for the Raiders, although the punter did sent a rather cryptic tweet in January that simply read "retirement..."
So, why would the Eagles want to pursue a 29-year-old veteran like King, as opposed to bringing in a young punter as a UDFA following the 2018 NFL Draft? King is one of the best punters in the league and would likely be an upgrade for nearly any team that chooses to sign him, including the Vikings. According to the Pioneer Press, the punter's plan is to sign with someone by the time the draft rolls around, which means the Marquette King sweepstakes will be going on for roughly four more weeks. No other punter in the National Football League had even a single unsportsmanlike conduct penalty.
I was told King's release was a "message" and it was a Gruden-led decision.
Whatever the reason Gruden cut him, there's now a second-team All-Pro punter available in free agency.