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Lechler says he never heard from Raiders

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How hard was it for punter Shane Lechler to leave the Raiders for the Texans as a free agent?

Not very, because the Raiders never even made Lechler an offer. In fact, he didn’t even hear from them.

“I wasn’t hearing anything from Oakland,” Lechler told 95.7 The Game in San Francisco. “After giving them 13 years and plus what the Davis family has done for me, I thought I would at least have a conversation with someone there or something before all of this went down.  That was the frustrating part of it.  I can’t say that I turned a contract down or anything because I was never really offered one.  That was frustrating but I understand.  Reggie [McKenzie is] running that thing now like he wants to run it and it’s pretty safe to say I don’t believe I was in the plans.”

The Raiders possibly opted to move on because they believe Marquette King is the future at the punting position.

And he’s a lot cheaper.

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37 Responses to “Lechler says he never heard from Raiders”
  1. swill881 says: Mar 26, 2013 5:39 PM

    Thanks for the years Shane.

  2. conjecture101 says: Mar 26, 2013 5:42 PM

    The Raiders were the only organization in the NFL who had any concept of loyalty. That was destroyed the day Reggie Mckenize took over.

  3. coltzfan166 says: Mar 26, 2013 5:43 PM

    It’s sad when your two best players are your punter and kicker.

  4. dirtydavis says: Mar 26, 2013 5:45 PM

    There goes Raiders ONLY pro bowl player

  5. aldog83 says: Mar 26, 2013 5:45 PM

    We love you Shane!

    Thank you for pairing with Jano for 13 yrs always giving the Raiders the best field position possible to try and win!

    Maybe best Kicking Duo in history!

  6. misterdreamer119 says: Mar 26, 2013 5:45 PM

    Punters dont win football games. He was making like 5 mil.

  7. yssupasigninnamnotyep says: Mar 26, 2013 5:46 PM

    Al and his senile old ways gave you more money than any punter has or ever will deserve…get over yourself. You’re a frickin’ punter!

  8. andrejohnsonforpresident says: Mar 26, 2013 5:47 PM

    texans sb2014

  9. goraidersgospurs says: Mar 26, 2013 5:48 PM

    people dont get Raiders DO NOT really have CAP space either take the Vet Minimum or move on man!!!

  10. notdemfalcons says: Mar 26, 2013 5:50 PM

    when you click the lick and get to Mr King’s profile page and click “more Marquette King news” it comes up blank.
    ha!

  11. aldog83 says: Mar 26, 2013 5:52 PM

    The guy wore a “C” on his jersey!
    Thirteen years the guy deserved a call !
    Leader, Pro Bowler, and Janokowski’s holder for 13yrs!
    (Hope it does not affect Jano)

    Guy deserved a phone call, at least from Mark Davis………

    2 great draft choices in the same year Jano & Lechler by Al Davis R.IP.

  12. discosucs2005 says: Mar 26, 2013 5:52 PM

    As a 49er fan I’m actually bummed that he’s leaving. It was cool have him and Andy Lee both in the bay as the two best punters in football, and before last season, maybe the best four special teamers.

  13. blue18hutthutt says: Mar 26, 2013 5:58 PM

    Way to treat your offensive MVP of the past decade

  14. deedub1639 says: Mar 26, 2013 6:00 PM

    No money is no money. I’m sorry they probably should have let him go before the last contract. Al did a great job winning Championships years ago. His ways worked then but don’t work now. I appreciate what he did for the team but they have to move on. You can’t pay a punter 5 mill when you don’t have a starting CB on the roster and you are capped out.

  15. yssupasigninnamnotyep says: Mar 26, 2013 6:02 PM

    Sorry aldog83…but if your team’s punter has a ‘C’ on his jersey, then your team has serious issues.

    Absolutley the best kicking tandem ever, but Mr. Lechler has absolutely no right to disparage the Raider organazation the way he has.

    Mr. Davis paid him quite handsomely and I have no problem with him moving on…but to say what he has is just sour grapes.

  16. jprcox says: Mar 26, 2013 6:04 PM

    I don’t think he is complaining Raiders didn’t sign him, but that NO ONE CALLED HIM and told him anything.

    At least they could have called and said – “sorry man, we need to go another way with our CAP. We need to sign and play for players that might help us win, not make us look good when we lose”…

  17. National Fanatic says: Mar 26, 2013 6:06 PM

    Their called the forgetful Raider Nation. Those guys just forgot about pro bowlers and 1 round draft picks.
    See all Raider 1st round draft picks over the last decade / POOF, they just disappear (DHB, McClain, Russel, Huff, Gallery === McFadden if traded…).

  18. jaewest304 says: Mar 26, 2013 6:07 PM

    I agree with earlier comment about loyalty. The Raiders were the ONLY team that was loyal to its players…that’s gone now. I understand the $ isn’t there and the time has come for a full rebuild but Lechler isn’t making much in Houston they couldn’t offer near that amount?

  19. commitment2excrement says: Mar 26, 2013 6:22 PM

    Reggie understands that, Maybe he can get an extra 5-10 yards of field position with Lechler. But that won’t stop the porous Dline from giving up 15 on the ground on 1st down. So the difference between a rookie punter vs AFC’s best is negligible in the grand scheme of things. No use paying 3 million, just to have a shot of the Raiders representing the pro bowl.

  20. r8rsfan says: Mar 26, 2013 6:25 PM

    He’s not saying he would have come back had they called, and it’s foolish to speculate that it would have made any difference. Let’s see……less pay, struggling team vs. more pay and SB contending team. What did anyone expect? Nothing but love and appreciation for 13 great years. Kudo’s to you for getting to finish your career in front of your hometown friends and family.

  21. nomoreseasontix says: Mar 26, 2013 6:26 PM

    “The Raiders were the ONLY team that was loyal to its players…”
    +++++
    Try selling that one to Marcus Allen.

    Al was loyal only to lap sitting yes men.

  22. raideralex99 says: Mar 26, 2013 6:38 PM

    After Reggie gets through … The Raiders will have the lowest payroll and that’s what it’s all about now in the new Raiders organization. At this rate don’t expect the Raiders to win a game … seriously using the salary cap excuse will only last so long.
    Al Davis DID NOT care about making money all he wanted to do is win. Every year they said The Raiders were in trouble with the cap yet every year Al spent money on FAs and was under the cap …… hmmmmmm.

  23. demolition510 says: Mar 26, 2013 6:46 PM

    I’m pretty sure Allen was in the doghouse for a good reason. Al kept dirty laundry in-house

  24. JSpicoli says: Mar 26, 2013 6:57 PM

    The Raiders were the ONLY team that was loyal to its players…”
    +++++
    Try selling that one to Marcus Allen.

    Al was loyal only to lap sitting yes men.
    _______________________________

    Al believed in loyalty so much he cut off Allen when he banged Nicole Simpson. Friends don’t bang friend’s wives.

  25. EJ says: Mar 26, 2013 7:02 PM

    misterdreamer119 says: Mar 26, 2013 5:45 PM

    Punters dont win football games. He was making like 5 mil.

    I disagree. Take a look at the SuperBowl… If the Ravens Punter hadn’t chewed up so much time off of the clock when they intentionally took the Safety. Kaepernick might have had the couple of extra seconds he needed to win that game. Punters do matter and they can make the difference between winning or losing.

  26. 3fingerlenny says: Mar 26, 2013 7:17 PM

    They will draft a punter in the 2nd rd

  27. aldavisisthenfl says: Mar 26, 2013 7:23 PM

    Shane we overpaid you the last 7-8 years….why didn’t you call Reggie and offer us a deal we couldn’t refuse as a gesture of good faith and loyalty…..???

    crickets chirping…..

  28. war27 says: Mar 26, 2013 7:24 PM

    jprcox says: Mar 26, 2013 6:04 PM

    I don’t think he is complaining Raiders didn’t sign him, but that NO ONE CALLED HIM and told him anything.

    At least they could have called and said – “sorry man, we need to go another way with our CAP. We need to sign and play for players that might help us win, not make us look good when we lose”…

    ————————–

    Probably any chance of getting a call went out the window when Lechler bitched up a storm last year.

  29. ill42 says: Mar 26, 2013 7:25 PM

    “Punters are people to!!!” – Rich Eisen

  30. danoregon says: Mar 26, 2013 7:28 PM

    Shane! Come back!

    It’s too bad. The Raiders owed him a phone call, hell if nothing else they could have been cagey about their plans to boost his offer from Houston (eating up more of their cap space).

  31. nmrdr795 says: Mar 26, 2013 7:31 PM

    What happened was reggie mckenzie is saving money in the cap so he cut off the phone bill at the coliseum. He did send out a letter to lechler with an offer…he should be getting it before sat.

  32. boknowsvt says: Mar 26, 2013 7:41 PM

    Maybe if we invest the money Shane would have got on some offensive players, we wouldn’t need to punt so much.

  33. borbinski says: Mar 26, 2013 7:58 PM

    lechler wanted out, he let everyone know that. jano his best friend know this. Lechler was negative about team during the season and had to pulled aside by teamamtes to tell him to cool it.
    thank shane for the boomers. It was fun to watch.

  34. raiderredleg says: Mar 26, 2013 8:15 PM

    Easy…Had to save money so we could re-sign folks like Kalif Barnes and sign FA studs like Alex Barron.

    Wish the organization would give a sh*t about giving the fan base something to hold onto…Just damn pressers saying:

    “We asked DHB and Huff to restructure and they refused”

    or

    “We had a long talk with Shane Lechler and Richard Seymour and made it clear to both of that we simply needed to go in a different direction even if they would accept the vet minimum.”

    or

    “We sat down with Carson Palmer and he is NOT open to re-working his contract to help the team and we are currently evaluating our options.”

    Steven A. Smith blasted the organization on First Take and I really can’t even get mad anymore…The passion by the fan base (and personified by Coach Davis) is NOT and probably WILL NOT EVER be matched by Mark Davis and/or whoever is the GM and/or Coach is (BTW…bringing Greg Knapp back last year was on the same level as bringing back Tom Walsh back to the NFL as an OC from managing a Bed and Breakfast).

    It was a great ride in the while Coach Davis was alive, but probably too naive’ to think it will ever be that way again.

    That should be the lesson Shane (and Raider Fans) take away…Same uniforms, same stadium, but NOT the same Commitment to Excellence or Pride a Poise…Statements I loved to say as a kid (right along with reciting the Autumn Wind is a Raider) are just memories of a bygone era in not only in Raider Nation, but in the NFL as a whole (which worries more about its overall image, same sex marriage, and less hitting).

  35. nomoreseasontix says: Mar 26, 2013 8:20 PM

    @JSpicoli…

    Point taken.

  36. nomoreseasontix says: Mar 26, 2013 9:03 PM

    @raiderredleg…
    It hasn’t been anything close to the same since Al moved them in ’82.

    He moved and welcomed the team being identified with L.A. gangbangers and general beanfartery.

    Now… The 30,000 of those fans are who are keeping the games from selling out.

    It’s no secret that the business model is broken.

  37. mullman76 says: Mar 26, 2013 11:39 PM

    The RAIDERS will never be the same now that Mr. Davis has passed. That much is understood.

    Big Reg should have at least given him a call.

    Minimum.

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