So long Shane.
The statistically greatest punter in the history of the game is headed to the Houston Texans reportedly agreeing to a three-year deal worth $5.5-million. Having spent his entire career as an Oakland Raider Shane Lecher will likely finish his pro career in his native Texas.
Shane is just the latest in a long line of men to depart the Raiders franchise as Reggie McKenzie continues to rebuild the entire roster.
For Raider Nation it’s a sad day as Lechler was carrying on the tradition established by Ray Guy.
Back in 2000 Al Davis had arguably the greatest special teams draft in the history of the NFL. After taking Sebastian Janikowski in the first round Davis turned around and grabbed Super Shane in the 5th round of the same draft. While there were plenty of jokes made surrounding the selection of Sebass in round one (never forget the Cleveland Browns took Courtney Brown number one overall that same year) the production that has followed is no laughing matter.
Jano and Lechler went on to showcase the greatest kicking show ever seen on an NFL Sunday as the two displayed the type of talent that routinely captured the diligent eye of Davis.
Sadly Lechler’s legacy is incomplete as his mega-leg never achieved the status it deserved no thanks to the dismal decade of brutal football most of his career was buried in during his time in the East Bay. Ironically were it not for countless unproductive offensives in Oakland Lechler would not have had the chance to display his talents as he so often did.
Despite playing for some terrible teams Lechler shined enough to be a 9 time All-Pro including 7 Pro Bowl selections and once upon a time inking the richest contract a punter has ever signed. Sadly he’ll likely also carry on the Ray Guy tradition by being ignored when it comes time for the Hall of Fame vote.
Now it looks like Oakland will turn to diamond in the rough Marquette King as Lechler’s replacement. But let’s be honest. Lechler was a once in a lifetime talent the likes of which cannot ever be replaced.
Best of luck, Shane.