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Shane Lechler to visit Texans

Shane Lechler AP

There hasn’t been much action around punters in free agency yet, but we’ll get some on Thursday.

John McClain of the Houston Chronicle reports that’s when Shane Lechler will visit the Texans. McClain points out that the Texans were also interested in Lechler the last time he became a free agent, but the Raiders gave him a huge contract to remain in Oakland.

That won’t be happening this time around which makes Lechler a prime target for any team in need of a punter. He’s getting older, but there’s little reason to think one of the league’s best punters for the last decade will suddenly lose his ability to boot the football. Lechler has been to seven Pro Bowls and was the punter on the NFL’s All-Decade team for the 2000s.

Donnie Jones set franchise records for the Texans in gross and net averages last year. He’s a free agent as well.

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22 Responses to “Shane Lechler to visit Texans”
  1. goraidersgospurs says: Mar 20, 2013 5:48 PM

    bye Shane, love the new Raiders no more over spending!!!

  2. raydahhs75 says: Mar 20, 2013 5:53 PM

    I’ll be sad to see him go. Class act, and the best punter. Ever.

  3. calhounlambeau says: Mar 20, 2013 5:55 PM

    Team don’t pay FB’s and punters, when contract time comes most of them get cut. Makes trying to understand the Jaguars decision to draft Anger in the 3rd round more puzzling when Donnie Jones is swinging in the wind.

  4. norvturnersneck says: Mar 20, 2013 5:56 PM

    It was easy for Donnie to set franchise records considering he is one of their first punters.

  5. dukemarc says: Mar 20, 2013 5:57 PM

    Part of Lechler’s drop in production has to do with the terrible long snapping situation they had in Oakland last year.

  6. 808raiderinparadise says: Mar 20, 2013 6:00 PM

    Sad … but Marquette King was put on “IR” last season for a reason. Cheap and young talented replacement. Lechler is a legend, GOAT ….

    also can throw the ball well.

    Played college football with coach Dennis Allen of Raiders, BUT Oakland is cap squeezing and a punter even as great as Lechler, can’t be taking up too much.

    He will destroy balls kicking in a dome.

  7. tooz72 says: Mar 20, 2013 6:03 PM

    Reggie wont give big money to a punter, just aint gonna happen

  8. returntoexcellence says: Mar 20, 2013 6:07 PM

    Don’t want to lose him… but for his asking price, it doesn’t really make sense to keep him. Thank you for everything Shane. You are truly the best at your craft. You will always be a Raider!

  9. borbinski says: Mar 20, 2013 6:13 PM

    Unfortunately, Lechler wants out of Oakland. He was pulled aside many times last year by teammates about his negative comments. Thanks for the years Shane.

  10. mullman76 says: Mar 20, 2013 6:14 PM

    Lechler should retire a Raider, but it will not happen.

  11. kenstabler says: Mar 20, 2013 6:23 PM

    The guy is a (HOF) no doubt, one of my favorite raiders of all time. The kid King they kept on the practice squad has a leg, and I think that is where the Raiders are going to go this year.

    The bad thing is, I don’t think Sea Bass will be the same without Shane. Shane was a great holder, and Sea Bass was never the same when Shane was not holding. A Sea Bass trade makes sense if they let Shane go. He has great value for a team that has playoff hopes.

  12. cuzzinjoey says: Mar 20, 2013 6:23 PM

    Gonna hate to lose this guy. Wanted soooooo much for the Raiders to be relevant again, but looks like he won’t be here when the team finally turns the corner.

    Good Luck to him on the remainder of his career and beyond.

    Another top Raider performer who will never see the Hall of Fame

  13. thechosen1ob says: Mar 20, 2013 6:24 PM

    I once drafted Shane Lechler in the 3rd round of my dorm rooms Madden 05 fantasy draft. Spearheaded my team to 2 superbowl victories in the 10 yrs we went through.

  14. rayguyreturns says: Mar 20, 2013 6:29 PM

    Unfortunately, Shane never kicked well last year after his injury. He is a great punter though. The Raiders have a kid stashed on I.R. that can put some whoop on the ball and for millions less.

  15. friskyd13 says: Mar 20, 2013 6:32 PM

    Texans are always so exciting during FA signings…..

  16. sneakerhead11 says: Mar 20, 2013 6:43 PM

    Uh oh looks like the Raiders might lose their team MVP

  17. thebigcaptain2011 says: Mar 20, 2013 6:49 PM

    Sugar Shane. This would be a nice pickup for Houston. It would be a shame breaking up the best kicker/punter combo in the NFL from a fan perspective.

  18. notwithkubiak says: Mar 20, 2013 7:04 PM

    Texans fans would be better served if a new Head Coaching candidate came to visit. As long as Gary Kubiak is at the head of this team, this team will not win a Super Bowl. 8-8 this season.

  19. raiderapologist says: Mar 20, 2013 7:14 PM

    9 time All Pro. Didn’t have a punt blocked until last year, when he had two. Hell of a punter.

  20. slickster35 says: Mar 20, 2013 9:31 PM

    Best player in faider history.

    That’s how pathetic that franchise is.

  21. joetoronto says: Mar 21, 2013 4:56 AM

    His best days are clearly behind him but man, he was an awesome punter.

    All the best to him.

  22. MyTeamsAllStink says: Mar 22, 2013 1:47 PM

    this is the difference between Al’s Raiders and the new regime.Al would have already re-signed him by now.There is a reason the Raiders have been lousy for over a decade and giving field goal kickers and punters big contracts was part of the problem and not the solution.

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