Shane Lechler HOU 9 Months
Texans agreed to terms with P Shane Lechler, formerly of the Raiders.
Although Lechler is coming off a down season, punter don't usually fall off the cliff at age 36. We suspect he has several good years left. Lechler is a nine-time Pro Bowler and six-time first-team All Pro. He's led the NFL in yards-per-punt average five times. Lechler looks like a great pickup for Houston.
Shane Lechler HOU 11 Months
Free agent P Shane Lechler is not expected back with the Raiders.
Lechler turns 37 next August and is coming off arguably the worst year of his career. Unlike Al Davis, Raiders GM Reggie McKenzie isn't making special teamers a huge priority. Lechler could be replaced by 2012 UDFA Marquette King.
Shane Lechler HOU 12 Months
Shane Lechler's net average of 38.3 yards per punt is the second-worst of his career.
It's bad timing for Lecher, whose four-year, $16 million contract is up after this season. The rebuilding Raiders may choose to move on from the seven-time Pro Bowler rather than sink a ton of money into a punter. They do have Marquette King stashed away on injured reserve.
Shane Lechler HOU Aug 20 '12
Shane Lechler practiced Sunday for the first time since his July knee scope.
Just as Lechler promised, he'll be ready to go well before the regular season starts. The six-time All-Pro punter is a good bet to be among the league leaders in gross average once again. He's topped 50 yards per punt in two of the last three seasons.
Shane Lechler HOU Aug 16 '12
Raiders P Shane Lechler had his left knee scoped prior to training camp.
Lecher was having pain and swelling in his knee so he got it cleaned out about 10 days before camp started. He has no doubts about being ready for the regular season. Lecher has been named an All-Pro six times in his 12 NFL seasons.