King moves on to free agency after Raiders release

According to the St. Paul Pioneer Press, the Vikings reached out to King just minutes after he was released by the Raiders.

First, the Raiders announced at 4:21 p.m. ET that King had been cut. Moral of the story here: Life comes at you fast.

King was signed by the Raiders as an undrafted free agent in 2012.

King is widely considered to be one of the best punters in the National Football League today. King has made a lasting impression in Oakland as the All-Pro punter and holds the records for the most punts and punting yardage in a season for the Raiders - accomplished back in 2014.

While King is a more established punter than Quigley, it is moderately surprising to see the team show such immediate interest in the former Raiders special teams player. It definitely wasn't a talent thing.

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A second-team All-Pro selection in 2016, King finished first in Pro Bowl fan voting past year, although he was never selected for that all-star game.

The 33-year-old cornerback reached an agreement with the Oakland Raiders on Thursday.

According to an ESPN report, King drove to the team facility to meet some of the new coaching staff Friday but was greeted by general manager Reggie McKenzie, who gave him the news. The Vikings' current punter is Ryan Quigley, but he doesn't really have any job security right now due to the fact that his entire pay for 2018 ($790,000) isn't guaranteed.

At present time, the only punter on the roster for the Raiders is Colby Wadman, a rookie from UC Davis. King was set to make $2.8M and $2.75M over the next two seasons.

Whatever the reason Gruden cut him, there's now a second-team All-Pro punter available in free agency.

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