Shane Lechler turns 40 in August and the punter knows that he wants to celebrate his birthday at an NFL training camp.
Lechler is set to become a free agent next month and says that his eye is on winning a Super Bowl rather than on when his playing career might be coming to an end. Lechler called getting a ring his “main goal” and that he’d like to remain with the Texans, who he thinks can bring one to his finger.
“Are there pieces to the puzzle that maybe need to be addressed? Yeah,” Lechler said, via ESPN.com. “But there’s also 31 other teams that have pieces that need to be addressed or will need to be addressed. We’re just trying to put them together the right way here. I think with the staff we have,the ownership we have, it can be done. We started the year off 2-5 and we turned it around. … I’d love to be a part of it.”
As a team that figures to lead with defense and ball control, having a good punter is likely part of the puzzle for the Texans in 2016. Lechler qualifies for that role, which makes him a candidate to get tagged in the next couple of weeks so that Houston knows it doesn’t have to worry about breaking in a new punter while they address the pieces of the puzzle that aren’t already on hand.