Lechler, 36, has averaged 47.5 yards per punt over his 13 seasons, which is the best among all active punters who have played more than a season. One of the best to ever in the NFL at (let’s be real) giving the ball back to the other team, Lecher has been named to nine All-Pro teams.
2012 was a tough year for Lechler by his standards, though. His average net of 39 yards was his lowest since 2002.
The Texans four years ago made a run at signing Lechler, then also a free agent. But Al Davis, quite naturally, gave the punter an absurd $4 million-per-year contract. 4 million bucks. For a punter!
But over the last decade-or-so of turmoil in Oakland, Lechler has arguably been the Raiders’ best player (if it wasn’t Sebastian Janikowski, who embarrassingly is another special teamer). He’s even been the emergency quarterback!
So, as we bid adieu to the venerable Shane Lechler, we take a look at some of his greatness.
Deepest sympathies to Marquette King, who is likely the poor sap who has to follow that act.