Oct 16, 2011; Oakland CA, USA;Oakland Raiders punter Shane Lechler (9) punts the ball during the fourth quarter against the Cleveland Browns at the O.co Coliseum. The Oakland Raiders defeated the Cleveland Browns 24-17. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports

NFL Free Agency: Shane Lechler Signs Three-Year Deal With Texans

Oakland Raiders free agent punter Shane Lechler has agreed to terms on a three-year, $5.5 million deal with the Houston Texans after visiting them this week, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter. The deal includes a $1 million signing bonus.

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.

He signed a four-year,  $16 million contract in 2009 that made him the highest paid punter in the NFL. McClain reports that the Texans were interested in signing Lechler back then, but the Raiders gave him way too much for them to counter.

Lechler was born in Texas, and went to high school and college (Texas A&M) in the Lone Star State until being drafted by the Raiders in 2000. He has spent his entire 13-year career in Oakland.

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