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The Houston Texans signed punter Shane Lechler from the Oakland Raiders Friday night, according to John McClain of the Houston Chronicle.
The Texans and Lechler agreed to a $5.5 million contract over 3 years with a signing bonus of $1 million, according to Adam Schefter of ESPN.
Lechler will replace Donnie Jones as the punter for the Texans. Lechler is a 13-year veteran, elite punter, and holds numerous NFL records. Donnie Jones will not be missed.
Lechler has a current 47.5-yard career punting average which is the second-highest in NFL history. He has been named an AP All-Pro 9 times and voted to the Pro-Bowl 7 times.
In the 2000 NFL draft, he was selected in the 5th round from Texas A&M and is originally from East Bernard, Texas.
It’s going to be a very nice homecoming for the Texas native. He is now on a contending Houston Texans team with Superbowl aspirations.