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.