The Houston Texans punter Shane Lechler signed. Terms of the contract were not disclosed by the team Saturday. ESPN reported the deal is for three years and worth a maximum of $ 5.5 million, with $ 1 million signing bonus.
The 36-year-old career leader in punt NFL in gross average per punt (47.3 yards) and led the league in gross average in four seasons. He also ranks seventh in career average net punting (38.8 yards).
He perennial Pro Bowler second to join the Texans two days. Safety Ed Reed was introduced at a news conference Friday after signing a three-year, $ 15 million deal.
Oakland drafted in the fifth round punt in 2000, and would spent his entire pro career with the Raiders. He made seven Pro Bowls and had at least one punt of 50 yards or more in 33 consecutive games from 2003-05, the longest streak of any punter since the NFL / AFL merger in 1970.
He also has two of the top four season punting average in NFL history – 51.1 yards in 2009 and 50.8 yards in 2011.
The Texans now have two kickers who played at nearby Texas A & M, the alma mater of coach Gary Kubiak. Randy Bullock Houston drafted in the fifth round of the 2012 draft. Bullock Lou Groza Award honoring won the best kicker in the country, then sat the 2012 NFL season after tearing a groin muscle during training camp.
Lechler played at Texas A & M from 1996-99, when RC Slocum the Aggies’ coach. Kubiak Slocum served as running backs coach at A & M from 1992-93. Still hold the punt, born in East Bernard, Texas, the school record for single-season punt average (47.0 yards, in 1997) and career average (44.7 yards).
The Texans pursued punt when he was a free agent in 2009, but the Raiders signed him to four-year contract worth $ 12 million, which made him the highest paid punter in league history.
Last season, veteran Donnie Jones had a solid year for Houston, averaged 47.5 yards per punt, punt tying for 11th in the league. Lechler have arthroscopic surgery on his left knee during last season in training camp.