Marquette King is pursuing all possible avenues to try and get himself onto an NFL roster. The former second team All-Pro honoree last held punting duties in professional ranks for the XFL’s St. Louis Battlehawks, but was subsequently released just months after signing on with the squad in late November due to the COVID-related suspension of play.
Since then, King has taken to the streets, the gridiron, and any other venues he can find to try and secure enough viable backing to persuade an NFL owner that he's worthy of an open checkbook.
His latest outlet: social media, where he’s posted arrays of bombastic soaring punts, dozens of trick kicks, and plenty of precision-driven target practices to sway NFL teams in his direction.
He’s backed those up with several accounts of his gym-rat endeavors and high-intensity workouts with trainers to drive home one calculative point: he’s league-ready right now.
Apparently King sensed that indirect approaches were falling short of reciprocation though, and opted for a more blatant call to action to try and acquire the deal he so desperately craves.
One of his latest tweets was a subtle, but direct proposal to Dallas’ owner:
I’ve always wanted to party with Jerry one day. Maybe it can still happen... ♂️— Marquette King (@MarquetteKing) November 17, 2020
King climbed up the “best punter in the league” totem pole with a swagger and rapidity never before seen by the league since first being signed on by Oakland as an undrafted free agent in 2012.
He won their starting job in 2013, and rewarded his coaches’ trust by leading all eligible practitioners in gross yards per punt, at 48.9. The next year, he scaled even higher, setting a new Raiders record with 4,930 total punt yards on 109 attempts.
The performance netted King one of the more gaudy contracts in league history: a five-year, $16.50 million lump sum that provided him with more than enough allocating funds to substantiate the enormous flare and style worthy of his name.
He would soon become known for both the rocket-launch torpedoes that careened off of his right leg, and for the jovial celebrations and dance moves that would follow shortly thereafter.
His next pit stop: Denver, which turned into a short-lived stint as a thigh injury shelved him in October 2018. The Broncos released him days later.
As of now, King currently sits in dormancy as his throne remains vacant. And the Cowboys could use an extra punter, especially with main man Chris Jones sidelined with a core muscle ailment.
Rookie Hunter Niswander is the man the Cowboys are presently trotting out for the job. And while he hasn’t performed poorly by any means, they haven’t fully handed him the uncontested role. In fact, King was one of the punters they worked out during their decision-making processes.
King remains unsigned, but his pitch to Jones is clear: there’s something different about the vibe in a locker room when it’s graced by royalty.