Houston Texans sign Shane Lechler

  • The Houston Texans signed a deal with seven-time Pro Bowl punter Shane Lechler on Saturday.

    The deal with Lechler, a free agent after spending his first 13 seasons with the Oakland Raiders, is reportedly worth $5.5 million over three seasons.

    The contract includes a $1 million signing bonus and will pay Lechler base salaries of $1 million in 2013-14 and $1.750 million in 2014-15 and 2015-16.

    Lechler is the NFL's all-time best in gross punting average with a mark of 47.5 yards. Last season, he averaged 47.2 yards with a net average of 39 yards.