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Report: Texans agree to terms with punter Shane Lechler

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For the first time in his 13-year NFL career, Shane Lechler will not be a member of the Oakland Raiders next season.

According to John McClain of the Houston Chronicle, Lechler has agreed to terms on a new deal with the Houston Texans. Per Adam Schefter of ESPN.comthe contract is a three-year deal worth $5.5 million with a $1 million signing bonus.

Lechler has long been considered among the top punters in the league and is a seven-time Pro Bowl selection and nine-time All-Pro. He is also currently the NFL’s all-time leader in career punting average with 47.5 yards per punt.

The Texans had a strong punter in Donnie Jones last season, who averaged 47.2 yards per punt with 28 downed inside the 20, but Lechler is among the best to ever play the position in the league.

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64 Responses to “Report: Texans agree to terms with punter Shane Lechler”
  1. swashbucklin says: Mar 22, 2013 9:58 PM

    CURTIS CRABTREE

  2. sickoe47 says: Mar 22, 2013 9:59 PM

    The raider nation will miss you Mr lechler. Godspeed

  3. JMClarkent says: Mar 22, 2013 10:00 PM

    I loved Sugar Shane, but Al having the highest paid Punter and Kicker in the league helps explain why Reggie is Dante weaving is way through cap hell.

  4. oakraid says: Mar 22, 2013 10:02 PM

    No surprise. This is the reason Reg kept Marquette King on IR last year.

    However, King has some very large shoes to fill. Lechler was unbelievable for the vast portion of his career in Oakland.

  5. lonespeed says: Mar 22, 2013 10:02 PM

    Get it while you can punters. Soon the NFL will simply move the ball 45-yards down-field on 4th down, place the ball 1st and 10, and give possession to the other team. All in an effort to make the game ‘safer’.

  6. capitaosuecia says: Mar 22, 2013 10:04 PM

    championshiiiiiip!

  7. goldrush4949 says: Mar 22, 2013 10:10 PM

    I used to think punter was an inconsequential position until I witnessed the feats of Andy Lee in San Francisco. Huge pickup for Houston.

  8. rockymountainraider says: Mar 22, 2013 10:11 PM

    King will innovate the punter position, Ray Guy 2.0. I least i hope…

  9. benroethlisberger7 says: Mar 22, 2013 10:15 PM

    Super Bowl?

    LOL

  10. kw27p says: Mar 22, 2013 10:16 PM

    Too bad he won’t make hall of fame as we all know

  11. benroethlisberger7 says: Mar 22, 2013 10:16 PM

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    ATTENTION: We win Super Bowls. It is too bad that you do not. You define lowly.
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  12. trollaikman8 says: Mar 22, 2013 10:18 PM

    The Raiders best player of the last …. well, since Bo Jackson.

  13. tdk24 says: Mar 22, 2013 10:27 PM

    I only hope King is a good holder for Jano. I know he’s going to be a great punter for many years to come. Good luck in Texas Shane.

  14. 13arod says: Mar 22, 2013 10:29 PM

    what are they going to do with other punter trade him or use him as a backup

  15. slashrageblog says: Mar 22, 2013 10:32 PM

    One of the best punters ever, but still behind a fellow Raider, Ray Guy.

    Who will never make the Pro Football Hall of Fame…which is retarded in itself.

  16. phadedwun says: Mar 22, 2013 10:34 PM

    The initial reason that the Raiders were not going to keep Lechler (at least what was publicized) was that he was going to ask for too much money.

    McKenzie couldn’t shell out THAT much money for a man who has been such a key part of the Raiders for so long?

    McKenzie better hope that Marquette King pans out.

    Either way – Texans get one of the best punters in the game if not the best, solid pick up for them.

  17. boknowsvt says: Mar 22, 2013 10:35 PM

    He’ll always be a Raider.

  18. nobby821 says: Mar 22, 2013 10:36 PM

    yawwwn.

  19. undeadjesus says: Mar 22, 2013 10:38 PM

    The Raiders certainly deserve all kinds of criticism for how their organization has performed the past decade, but give em credit for always having elite kickers and punters. That might come across as a backhanded compliment but it seems like Al Davis, and hence the Raiders organization, always placed a higher importance on those positions than maybe any other organization in the league, throughout it’s history. It’s one of the calling cards of the team, really.

  20. r8rnuck says: Mar 22, 2013 10:39 PM

    no offense to punters but the more well-known they are, the worse your team is…hopefully oakland can maneuver themselves over the next few years so we don’t have to give a damn who is punting the ball…that being said, lechler deserves to be on a team that can actually stonewall a defense after he pins them within 10 yards. good luck shane!

  21. oldcat157 says: Mar 22, 2013 10:40 PM

    Lol? A punter? It’s the other players on special teams that have to tackle the guy brah. He has a high average because the Raiders suck and are a three and out team.

  22. egomaniac247 says: Mar 22, 2013 10:42 PM

    Good reward for him for all of the years of great punting. I’m sure he’ll look forward to being on a winning team again. The Raiders haven’t had a winning record since 2002.

  23. fatfatuma says: Mar 22, 2013 10:42 PM

    Lechler has sneakily been better than Ray Guy throughout his career… First HOF punter?

  24. vicnocal says: Mar 22, 2013 10:43 PM

    A 9-time All Pro but only 7 time Pro Bowler? How does that work?

    It reminds me of that one season when former Bears safety Mike Brown made All Pro (i.e. 1st team All NFL) but didn’t make the Pro Bowl.

  25. titans12thman says: Mar 22, 2013 10:44 PM

    Here is a question for the texans most recent signings….If we were to specifically going to compare talent at a certain POSITION, who is more effective at their particular position….Thumbs up for Ed Reed and Thumbs down for Shane Lechler….you may cast your vote now.

  26. gdublud says: Mar 22, 2013 10:47 PM

    Lechler was the only thing in Oakland commited to excellence. Nobody on the team was more conscistent than him. HoF for sure, sets the standard on what a punter should be. Im a niner fan but, giving the man his respect. If the game wasnt blacked out, bay area fans got to see him perform. Glad an NFC west team didnt sign him.

  27. turdfurgerson68 says: Mar 22, 2013 10:53 PM

    slashrageblog says:

    One of the best punters ever, but still behind a fellow Raider, Ray Guy.

    ===============================

    Ray Guy was great, no question, but Lechter is the best of all-time

    I’m sure Ray is happy to be considered the 3rd best of all-time.

    Regardless, it’s unfathomable that Ray Guy isn’t in the HOF (but Joe Namath is)

  28. brilocke says: Mar 22, 2013 10:59 PM

    3 years worth $5.5 million with a $1 million signing bonus…. I know the Raiders could have kept him for that amount. It didn’t happen.
    We all know that in the past we would have overpaid, but as much as I truly believe he should have retired a RAIDER, we have a new regime and I am going to believe that Red is taking care of the future by being cap smart in the present. Just my 2 cents…

  29. nomoreseasontix says: Mar 22, 2013 11:04 PM

    Shane was a big part of the Raiders not being worse over the last several years.
    He gave the defense a chance at keeping the opponent pinned on their end of the field every time.
    It would have been great to be able to keep him, but with a zillion holes to fill, it wasn’t a position to put a ton of money into.
    King will no doubt get the job done…

    Later, Shane. It was great having you here.

  30. jjswattandco says: Mar 22, 2013 11:14 PM

    Love me some Rick Smith! One of the top GM’s in football! Let’s go!

  31. raiderdaddy says: Mar 22, 2013 11:15 PM

    A true class act. U will be missed in the Black Hole, Shane Lechler! God Speed my friend!

  32. benroethlisberger7 says: Mar 22, 2013 11:15 PM

    boknowsvt says:
    Mar 22, 2013 10:35 PM
    He’ll always be a Raider.
    ▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬

    Clearly not! LOLOLOL *fart* *fart*

  33. zenrooster says: Mar 22, 2013 11:17 PM

    The 2nd best Raider is leaving

  34. piratesofthecoliseum says: Mar 22, 2013 11:20 PM

    Always loved Lechler!! The best punter of all time!! Hands down!!! But its time for a new generation of greatness and it includes not over paying for talent…period! I love what RM is doing, the Raiders will be great again very soon!! GO RAIDERS!!!!!

  35. govtminion says: Mar 22, 2013 11:30 PM

    Let me tell you how nice it’s going to be to NOT have him pinning the Broncos inside their 20 every damn time he touches the ball… damned good punter, good pickup by the Texans.

  36. mlbbal52 says: Mar 22, 2013 11:40 PM

    Wasnt this the best player on the Raiders? Man the Raiders deserve better with their history…

  37. raiderapologist says: Mar 22, 2013 11:59 PM

    oldcat157 says: Mar 22, 2013 10:40 PM

    Lol? A punter? It’s the other players on special teams that have to tackle the guy brah. He has a high average because the Raiders suck and are a three and out team.
    ———-
    Just say “No” to drugs, brah. The Internet is too easy. oldcat157 doesn’t realize Lechler was kicking back when the Raiders were good. Lol, loser.

  38. thekingdave says: Mar 23, 2013 12:18 AM

    This needs to be respected for the fact he’s one of us. From East Bernard, played at Texas A&M. We call him one of the greatest punters ever, and can say he suited up for the Texans. Likewise for Reed at safety.

  39. goldrush36 says: Mar 23, 2013 12:24 AM

    Richard Sherman was All Pro but not elected to the pro bowl. It’s not that rare because the pro bowl voting is often a sham… IE: Cruz going over Dez Bryant.. I think the aderall issue is what cost Sherm though but the point remains the same

  40. reed20fence says: Mar 23, 2013 12:31 AM

    The Texans will either be the niners of 94 or the Redskins of forever. Either they’re buying a Super Bowl, or earning their seat alongside the Skins as perennial jokes who waste money on players simply looking for their last few paychecks and nothing more.

  41. coachglove says: Mar 23, 2013 12:52 AM

    @r8rnuck – Ray Guy was arguably the best (and one of the most famous) punter of all time and he has 3 rings. Having a good/well known punter and being on a good team are not mutually exclusive. Please actually know something about football before you spout off.

  42. raiderinva says: Mar 23, 2013 12:57 AM

    Shane Lechler will always be a Raider….

    He might very well be the first ever punter to sign a one day contract to retire where he really belongs.

  43. riseabovecancer says: Mar 23, 2013 1:00 AM

    Raiders will have till Monday or Wednesday to match the offer since Shane Lechler was a restricted free agent. That means that the Raiders can offer him a contract as well

    If the Raiders dont match the offer for Shane Lechler and he makes the pro bowl. The Raiders will end up getting a comp draft pick in next years draft…probably a 3rd or 4th round draft pick.

  44. upby3 says: Mar 23, 2013 1:00 AM

    Good luck Mr. Lechler. Thank you for your time in the S&B.
    Shane will not retire as A Raider, but he will always be remembered as as one.

  45. jvillenole says: Mar 23, 2013 1:10 AM

    Everybody jokes, but this dude can win games.

    Go Bryan Anger…..the best punter in the NFL…by far.

  46. sportsnut101 says: Mar 23, 2013 1:26 AM

    Why did the raiders let him go if he was the best in league

    N they gonna be punting a lot this yr or maybe not with Carson automatic pick Palmer. Never seen Sumone throw for so many 300 yd games but always throws. Bengals enjoying those picks I bet

  47. thraiderskin says: Mar 23, 2013 1:30 AM

    Its hard to see a guy like Lechler go, but we didn’t have the money a great punter like him deserved… Good luck dude.

  48. nflfolly says: Mar 23, 2013 2:13 AM

    worst GM of the league loses another quality player.

  49. therealraider says: Mar 23, 2013 2:20 AM

    How come the field goal kicker and the punter arent the same person? I mean seriously .. all they do is kick and get paid millions.. there has to be 32 people on the planet that can do both.

  50. tuberippin says: Mar 23, 2013 3:12 AM

    Can’t even place blame on Reg Mac for this one. Lechler wanted out of Oakland, and honestly…after a decade of futility, I can’t blame him, and I’m a huge Raiders fan. I hope he gets a ring.

    Arguably the greatest punter in the history of the game, though obviously Ray Guy might beg to differ.

  51. joetoronto says: Mar 23, 2013 4:57 AM

    Lechler is clearly one of the best but no, not better than Ray Guy.

    Those that say he is didn’t see ray Guy punt and are only using the gross average to determine who’s better.

    Lechler puts the ball in the end zone much more than Guy did, Guy was a master at pinning the opposing team deep, hurting his gross average.

  52. rubicon202 says: Mar 23, 2013 8:39 AM

    thanks Shane, really appreciated your time here! For many years you and SeaBass were our best players!

  53. njraiderfan19 says: Mar 23, 2013 9:25 AM

    Well played, Shane. For too many seasons you were one of our top offensive weapons, and you came through in the clutch so many times- which is more than the rest of the team can say. You are right up there with Ray Guy and you should BOTH be in the HoF. Enjoy the rest of your career but please rejoin the team at the end so you can retire in Silver and Black.

  54. riseabovecancer says: Mar 23, 2013 9:27 AM

    jvillenole says:
    Mar 23, 2013 1:10 AM
    Everybody jokes, but this dude can win games.

    ——————————–
    He’s a punter. Not a field goal kicker…So how can a punter win you games when that is the field goal kicker’s job…lol

  55. masterblaster78 says: Mar 23, 2013 9:32 AM

    Sorry you left the Raiders. You are the best punter in football history in my opinion. Good luck to you in your new career in Texas.

  56. rayguyreturns says: Mar 23, 2013 9:56 AM

    “Joetoronto says:
    Lechler is clearly one of the best but no, not better than Ray Guy…”
    __________________________________
    Joe,
    First time I will disagree with you.
    Guy= Pioneer of Punting
    Lechler= More consistent

    I should know…

  57. adrianisgreatestofalltime says: Mar 23, 2013 10:18 AM

    This could be one of the better free agent pickups of the off season, football is all about field position. Kudos to Houston on a great move

  58. siggtacular says: Mar 23, 2013 11:33 AM

    The Texans are wasting money on old veterans… The Ravens will build in the draft and return to the Super Bowl

  59. siggtacular says: Mar 23, 2013 11:35 AM

    @benroethlisberger7 Ravens have won two Super Bowls in two appearances, too bad the steelers have lost two…

  60. raiderapologist says: Mar 23, 2013 11:52 AM

    riseabovecancer says: Mar 23, 2013 1:00 AM

    Raiders will have till Monday or Wednesday to match the offer since Shane Lechler was a restricted free agent. That means that the Raiders can offer him a contract as well
    ———–
    Lechler was a UFA. That’s why King slept on IR last season. Janikowski is in the last year of his deal, so unless McKenzie restructures him he will be gone next year.

  61. htowntexansred says: Mar 23, 2013 12:03 PM

    This a great pick with Reed and Lechler. But, Texans really needs help on offense, like a No.2 WR. They need to bring in Heyward Bey, Dominick Hixon from Giants. If Texans relying on a 1st round draft to help them at WR, they’re sadly mistaking.

  62. radrntn says: Mar 23, 2013 1:34 PM

    Ray guy is the greatest punter of all time.Shane is #2

  63. silvernblak says: Mar 23, 2013 2:49 PM

    Its not that RM lost Lechler, he gave an interview after the end of the season mentioning he and his wife were contemplating leaving because his wife has family in that area and just made a family descision to move on.
    King has a huge leg and Lechler trained him on some things before leaving. King is just as as good ad Lechler when he came in the league. King has a hang time of 5.5 seconds and kicks it a mile. Thank for leaving your last touch with the Raiders Lechler and once a Raider always a Raider. You will be missed!

  64. tiggerblood says: Mar 23, 2013 7:48 PM

    This is huge with that defense, and their ball control offense. They will be the best fantasy defense this year. I doubt I’ll be lucky enough to land them again because they aren’t flying under anyone’s radar now. Two years running I’ve had them with back to back playoff appearances. Man with Lechler pinning them deep in their own territory Ed Reed won’t have to run very far on a pick six. Texans-49ers/Seahawks Super Bowl sorry Tony G one more year will be in vain unless you give Pete Carroll a call.

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