December 18, 2016 - Houston, TX, USA - Houston Texans punter Shane Lechler (9) warms up during the second half of the NFL football game between the Houston Texans and the Jacksonville Jaguars at NRG Stadium in Houston, Texas. The Texans won 21-20.
Shane Lechler, long-time punter for the Raiders and Texans, has been informed he will no longer have a roster spot in Houston.
The 42-year old came back to his home state in 2013 after six first-team all-pro nominations in 13 years with the Oakland Raiders.
Originally from East Bernard, Lechler attended Texas A&M and has put his value on display for the last 13 years and holds the active record for most yards per punt at 47.6 according to Pro Football Reference. He also sits at second all-time in total punt yards at 68,676.
He mentioned to Josh McClain of the Houston Chronicle that had he planned on retirement, he would have already made that decision.
McClain also reported that the roster-decision wasn’t so much of Lechler losing his job, as it was more rookie Trevor Daniel who won the job instead.
The undrafted free agent from Tennessee appealed to special team's coordinator Brad Seely in the way that he will be around for the next number of years while Lechler’s years are numbered.
Among the other athletes told they were no longer a Texan were Braxton Miller and Corey Moore, hearing the words no players want to hear this time of year.