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Shane Lechler to visit Houston

3/20/2013

One of the bigger-name remaining AFC West free agents is Oakland punter Shane Lechler.

His market is about to get going. The Houston Chronicle is reporting Lechler, one of the greatest punters of all time, will visit the Houston Texans on Thursday. Lechler is from Texas and played at Texas A&M. ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported prior to the start of free agency that Lechler wanted to sign with the Texans.

The Raiders have many needs and limited resources, so if Lechler is offered a strong deal he may join the litany of Oakland free agents who have left the team this year.

Lechler is 36 and he is coming off a subpar year for his standards.

If Lechler leaves, the Raiders would likely give Marquette King the first opportunity to take over. He was stashed on injured reserve last year. King has a strong leg, but he needs to show consistency if Lechler does leave.