As expected, Marquette King wasn’t out of work long.
The former Fort Valley State star has signed a three-year, $7 million deal with the Denver Broncos, according to NFL Media.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) April 5, 2018
That means King will get a chance to play against his former team, the Oakland Raiders, twice a season as both teams play in the AFC West. The Raiders cut King last Friday.
“The people that work at the Broncos encourage you to be yourself,” King told reporters via The Denver Post. “That’s cool. Players play better when they can be themselves and let their hair down.”
One of the most popular players in the NFL and arguably the most popular punter in the NFL, King’s personality is said to have rubbed new Raiders coach Jon Gruden the wrong way, despite the fact that the two men never actually met.
“I just saw him on car commercials and stuff,” King said in a conference call via a Broncos release. “I get to see him two times a year [now].”
The 29-year-old King ranked sixth in the NFL in average yards per punt (47.4) and third in net yards average (42.7), to go along with 28 punts downed inside the 20-yard-line last season.
“I’m still going to have fun,” King said. “I’m still going to dance and still celebrate. I’m going to be me. Nothing is going to stop me from being me.