Shane Lechler signs with the Texans, goodbye to a Raider legend

Thearon W. Henderson

Shane Lechler has spent his entire career up until now with the Oakland Raiders and what a career it has been. Unfortunately all good things must come to an end, even Shane Lechler's time as a Raider. He is officially a member of the Houston Texans.

Shane Lechler was drafted by the Raiders in the 5th round of the 2000 draft. The person who will miss him most was the 1st round pick in that same draft, Sebastian Janikowski. After 13 years together forming the best kicking pair ever in NFL history the time has finally come to separate this dynamic duo.

Shane wasn't just good for his time with the Raiders, he was great. He is the second best punter in NFL history next to only Ray Guy, who was also a Raider. He also was the holder for field goals and the emergency QB. He will be missed in Oakland but the Raiders simply could not justify the type of salary that Lechler is being paid.

That salary is now a 3 year deal worth $5.5M with the Houston Texans. Taking over Shane's punting duties will be Marquette King, although the Raiders are also likely to add a camp leg for competition. King will need to earn the position, but with a remarkable leg of his own it is likely to happen.

As for Lechler I would like to give him a heartfelt farewell for 13 years of great service. He is a true Raider great and will always be appreciated for what he has accomplished. He will have finished his Raiders career with 7 Pro-Bowls, 9 All-Pro selections, and the 5 best single season averages in Raiders history.

Shane and Janikowski were the longest tenured Raiders on the team, leaving SeaBass as the lone player to still be on the team from their last visit to the Super Bowl. Thank you for your services Shane Lechler, you will always be thought of fondly by Raider Nation.

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