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Breaking: Raiders lock up punter Marquette King long term

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The Raiders have announced they have signed punter Marquette King to a long term extension. His contract was up and he would have hit free agency had he not been signed. He now remains with the Raiders no a reported 5-year deal worth $16.5 million with $7.75 million guaranteed.

King was considered the highest priority free agent the Raiders had this offseason.King has played himself into one of the top punters in the NFL. He comes into the offseason as the Raiders' top priority to re-sign after having already extended Michael Crabtree's contract during the season.

The Raiders originally signed King as an undrafted free agent prior to the 2012 season. He had potential with a booming leg but was still very raw at the time. They invested in him and it has paid dividends, with him improving every season since taking over for the departed Shane Lechler in 2013.

Some impressive stats by King per press release:

King has played in all 48 games for the Raiders over the last three seasons and has totaled 276 punts for 12,734 yards (46.1 gross average; 40.2 net average) with 94 punts downed inside the opponents' 20-yard line.

Last season, King punted 83 times for 3,697 yards (44.5 gross average; 40.7 net average) and set a franchise record with 40 punts placed inside the opponents' 20-yard line. His 40 punts downed inside the 20 ranked second in the NFL in 2015.

In 2014, King set single-season franchise records for punts (109) and punting yards (4,930). He also became the only punter since 1976 with at least 100 punts, at least 30 placed inside the 20-yard line and three-or-fewer touchbacks in a season. In his first full season in 2013, he led the NFL in gross punting with a 48.9 average.