Originally posted on Football Nation  |  Last updated 3/23/13
Shane Lechler will be heading back home. Lechler, 36, went to college at Texas A&M University. After being drafted by the Raiders 13 years ago in 2000, Lechler will be heading back to his home state of Texas. The seven-time Pro Bowler is the all-time NFL leader in gross punting average at 45.7 yards. Lechler has a sub-par season, or at least for him. The numbers he put up last year would be solid for any other punter than Lechler. Lechler can be considered the best punter of his generation if you look at his numbers. Lechler's 47.5-yard career punting average is the second-highest in NFL history, trailing only Jacksonville's Bryan Anger, who only has played one season. Lechler agreed to a three-year, $5.5 million dollar deal which includes a $1 million signing bonus. Lechler is now four years removed from landing the richest punter contract in NFL history. The Texans could have opted to re-sign free agent punter Donnie Jones, put they decided that Lechler would be a much better fit instead. Lechler will be another weapon for the Texans to use as they look to win their first Super Bowl in franchise history. Punters often enter their prime's when they enter the later part of their career. The Texans have already signed former Baltimore Raven Ed Reed earlier this week and are doing pretty well in free agency so far this year. Lechler will sure help out Houston will his strong leg and pin-point accuracy. He will be able to pin teams down inside their own twenty yard line and that Texans defense is only getting stronger to shut down the potent offenses that are in the AFC.
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