Former 2016 All-Pro punter Marquette King is taking a free agency visit with the Houston Texans.
According to ESPN insider Adam Schefter, former second-team All-Pro punter, Marquette King, is expected to take a free agent visit with the Houston Texans. Despite going undrafted in 2012, King has become one of the most recognizable punters in the league with his special team celebrations and one of the league’s most productive punters since signing with the Oakland Raiders an undrafted free agent.
He led the league in punting yards in 2014 and was a Pro Bowl alternate after having a successful season that led him to earn honors as second-team All-Pro at his position in 2016. King is a free agent after spending his first four seasons in the NFL with the Raiders, he signed an extension with the Raiders but was one of the veteran players that were waived as Jon Gruden took over head coaching duties.
King stayed in the AFC West and signed with the Denver Broncos to a 3-year deal worth up to $7 million, but reached an injury settlement with the team in his first season after being placed on the injured reserve with a thigh injury.
Outside of last season, King has been relatively healthy and played in all 16 games of the regular season since becoming the starting punter in 2013. With the 2019 NFL Draft coming to a close, and Texans training camp around the corner, general manager Brian Gaine could be looking to add more competition to the punting position after Trevor Daniel earned the duties last season as a rookie after beating out Shane Lechler.
King has ties to the Texans current coaching staff as Texans’ special teams’ coordinator, Brad Seely, was Raiders special teams coach from 2015 to 2017 season while King was earning accolades in Oakland.