Oct 9, 2011; Houston, TX, USA; Oakland Raiders punter Shane Lechler (9) punts the ball against the Houston Texans in the first quarter at Reliant Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports

Raiders Salute Shane Lechler's Career in Oakland

The Oakland Raiders issued a nice statement regarding Shane Lechler after the free agent punter signed with the Houston Texans yesterday.

“Shane Lechler is one of the finest professionals ever to wear Silver and Black,” the team said via Twitter. “The club sincerely appreciates his 13 years and wishes him the best over the remainder of his career. Once a Raider, always a Raider.”

Lechler agreed to terms on a three-year deal with the Texans worth $5.5 million.

He 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.

Lechler 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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  • mccall316

    A great Raider!

    • goldenbaysports

      Absolutely. Will be missed

  • Pridenpoise

    The Raiders should have matched what Texas offered Lechler. He will be missed, a class act and a true Raider. Best of luck Shane.

    • goldenbaysports

      They didn’t even try to offer him anything. I think McKenzie’s trying to make a statement that he’s starting over brand new and getting rid of the lucrative contracts that Al Davis negotiated.

  • raiders22

    Yea I agree great RAIDER always will be.But with having king in the back waiting he look really good and we need to save all the money we can save and get some coners and more weapons so we can compete with other teams. I hate that the Raiders let him go. But we just have to many needs to pay Shane what he wanted love the guy. Shane good luck and looking forward to seeing you in H.O.F one day you deserve to be there….