Dec 16, 2012; Oakland, CA, USA; Oakland Raiders punter Shane Lechler (9) punts the ball during the third quarter against the Kansas City Chiefs at Coliseum. The Oakland Raiders defeated the Kansas City Chiefs 15-0. Mandatory Credit: Ed Szczepanski-USA TODAY Sports

Raiders: Shane Lechler Will Not Be Franchise Tagged

The Raiders do not plan on placing the franchise tag on punter Shane Lechler, according to ESPN.

Lechler signed a four-year $16 million contract in 2009 that made him the highest payed punter in the NFL.

He would have made $5.2 million under the franchise tag.

Now that he is a free agent, it is not likely that Lechler will return to the Raiders.

Lechler is a seven time Pro Bowler and has made the All-Pro team nine times. He was named to the NFL’s 2000s All-Decade team, and has the record for the longest punt in Raiders history of 80 yards.

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