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Monday, February 18, 2013
Lechler's time in Oakland could be ending

By Bill Williamson

ProFootballtalk.com offers a great point why it doesn’t make much sense for Oakland to give punter Shane Lechler the franchise tag.

Lechler is 36, he has had injuries and his play slipped some last season. Still, he has value, but not at more than $5 million a year.

I could still see him coming back to Oakland, but if he gets a solid offer somewhere on the open market, one of the greatest punters of all-time could be leaving. The AFC West is a very strong punting division, so if Lechler leaves Oakland, he will likely also be leaving the division. The only way that could change is if Kansas City Pro Bowl punter Dustin Colquitt leaves as a free agent. But the Chiefs want Colquitt back.

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