Published March 23, 2013
HOUSTON – The Houston Texans have signed punter Shane Lechler.
Terms of the contract were not disclosed by the team Saturday. ESPN reported the deal was for three years and worth a maximum of $5.5 million, with a $1 million signing bonus.
The 36-year-old Lechler is the NFL's career leader in gross average per punt (47.3 yards) and has led the league in gross average in four seasons. He also ranks seventh in career net punting average (38.8 yards).
He's the second perennial Pro Bowler to join the Texans in two days. Safety Ed Reed was introduced at a news conference Friday after signing a three-year, $15 million deal.
Oakland drafted Lechler in the fifth round in 2000 and he's spent his entire pro career with the Raiders.