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UPDATE: Lechler to visit Texans

Punter Shane Lechler, whose average of 45.7 yards per punt is the highest in NFL history, will visit the Houston Texans Thursday, the Houston Chronicle reported.

The seven-time Pro Bowler was a high school star as a quarterback and punter and played in college at Texas A&M.

If Lechler leaves, he would be the sixth of 17 unrestricted free agents to find work elsewhere, joining Philip Wheeler (Dolphins), Desmond Bryant (Browns), Brandon Myers (Giants), Mike Goodson (Jets) and Matt Shaughnessy (Cardinals).

UPDATE: Safety Mike Mitchell thanked the Raiders and Al Davis for his time in Oakland and in a tweet said he looked forward to his opportunity with the Carolina Panthers. That makes seven.

Lechler, 36, had a 39.0 net punting average in 2012, his lowest since 2006, after having pre-training camp surgery on his plant leg. The Raiders, anticipating the possibility of losing Lechler to free agency, kept rookie punter Marquette King in the organization on injured reserve last season.

Houston was the odds-on favorite to land Lechler when he was scheduled for free agency in 2008. However, Al Davis stepped up and signed Lechler to a four-year contract worth $16 million _ the most ever paid to a punter.

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  • raiderinparadise

    I give it a 49er% chance that woodson comes back in black

  • dr_robert

    Did missdick the regard just say the panthers would win the same division that the falcons and saints are in? He said that? He’s precious.

  • Raider_D

    RaiderLen Says:
    March 20th, 2013 at 4:29 pm

    No to Urlacher.

    Dude is NEVER healthy.

    ———————–

    We don’t need an overpriced LB that never gets on the field.

  • raiderinparadise

    NOT A SINGLE PLAYER LEFT FROM 2009 DRAFT

    SHO NASTY
    MEYERS
    DHB
    MITCHELL
    SLADE NORRIS
    ETC…

  • raiderfankirk

    alswingman Says:
    March 20th, 2013 at 4:33 pm
    Rod Woodson was a GREAT Player but not a great coach. He is lazy, did not want to put in the hours and work required to coach. Those guys put in at least 10+ hour days and weekends in the offseason. Rod is a laid back type. He got away with working less because he was an Al coaching hire.

    ——————————–
    Where are you getting that from? New one on me.

  • Mistic1 Tha Supavillain

    this is the part where dr slob jumps up and down cursing the widely held long standing practice of associating wins and losses with qbs

    lol

    what a joke

  • The_Judge37

    Woodson would be great, but he’s likely to command more than $650k, and that wouldn’t be “Building it the Right Way”

  • 8RaiderReign8

    Dr_robert Says:
    March 20th, 2013 at 4:33 pm
    Mitchell has always been a limited player. Even as a backup. Goodbye. As many players we can clear from last years defense, and team in general, the better. When u go 4-12 and haven’t had a winning record in a decade, what exactly are u clinging to?

    Clean house Reggie!
    __________________________

    Unfortunately, Mitchell represents the worst of Al Davis’ later years. I won’t even name who we could of had instead of Mitchell.

  • SilverLining20

    Mistic1 Tha Supavillain Says:
    March 20th, 2013 at 4:32 pm
    SilverLining20 Says:
    March 20th, 2013 at 4:29 pm

    I’m sure carolina will be just as successful with “missile” lol Mike as they were with Campbell and Murphy.

    For Carolina to make the playoffs means, they are better than either the Falcons, Seahawks, Packers, Bears, Redskins or Giants. I don’t really see it next year.
    ==================

    the panthers split with the falcons this past season and really came close to sweeping them.

    I think the panthers will win the division if the defense can improve to middle of the pack

    newton cant be contained and they will be a top 10 offense next year with the return of the the o lines health
    —–
    Saying Newton can’t be contained is a bit of a stretch. I’m sure they would have won some more games by now if he couldn’t. He is really good but let’s not get ahead of ourselves.

    If beating your division rivals meant going to the playoffs, The Raiders would have had it wrapped up a couple of years ago. Division games are always a toss up. But The Falcons have more talent. They won more games period and that’s why they won the division.

  • stablersbeard

    King will get the job done, I’m sure. An expensive punter is a luxury we can’t afford.

    And imagine the chaos created by a mobile punter, as opposed to a crappy old pocket punter.

    Period

  • dr_robert

    Missdick–ur always wrong. I’m always right. It must suck for u.

    Pryor sucks. PALM-WONDERFUL! Is good.

    All official passer stats bear this out. No wiggle room (lies).

    I win. U lose. We’ve seen it many times.

    Bye.

  • jesusraiderjim

    The_Judge37 Says:
    March 20th, 2013 at 4:36 pm
    Woodson would be great, but he’s likely to command more than $650k, and that wouldn’t be “Building it the Right Way”
    ————————————————-

    LMAO TRUTH!

  • RaiderLen

    Alswingman Says:
    March 20th, 2013 at 4:33 pm
    Rod Woodson was a GREAT Player but not a great coach. He is lazy, did not want to put in the hours and work required to coach. Those guys put in at least 10+ hour days and weekends in the offseason. Rod is a laid back type. He got away with working less because he was an Al coaching hire.
    ————————————————
    I respect a strong work ethic, but I’ve never really understood why coaches seem to feel the need to work 16 hours a day.

    They already know the game of football inside out.

    I don’t believe that any “a ha” moments happen at 2:00 am on Wednesday.

    I think the culture of football demands long hours because that’s how you do it, not because any meaning full leaps of insight are gained.

  • raiderfankirk

    The_Judge37 Says:
    March 20th, 2013 at 4:36 pm
    Woodson would be great, but he’s likely to command more than $650k, and that wouldn’t be “Building it the Right Way”

    ___________—————-

    I’d rather pay Huff money for Woodson. I don’t think Charlse is being offered that now?

  • Chris in NY

    8RaiderReign8 Says:
    March 20th, 2013 at 4:32 pm
    Guess Reggie sucks cuz he let the one dimensional Mitchell go to Carolina. Cuz they have a great success turning around Raider castoffs ;P.

    ———————————

    Yes, indeed. Mitchell is a very good, very passionate player. Better than Branch, IMO. What does Reggie do? Lets Mitchell walk for a fraction of the out of whack contract he gave Branch last year.

    In (4-12) Reggie we trust. Right?

  • DJ Johnny

    There’s a reason GB is willing to part ways with Woodson and it’s not just money.

    He was an incredibly popular player with GB so i’m sure alot of thought went into dropping him.

  • dr_robert

    Lol. No official stat regarding wins and losses for a qb. Good reason. The nfl knows its idiotic. It’s a team game. Wins and losses are a head coach stat.

    And I love how newton’s wind losses don’t count.

    Liars lie.

    I win. U lose. Get used to it. I know u are.

  • Mistic1 Tha Supavillain

    SilverLining20 Says:
    March 20th, 2013 at 4:37 pm

    the panthers split with the falcons this past season and really came close to sweeping them.

    I think the panthers will win the division if the defense can improve to middle of the pack

    newton cant be contained and they will be a top 10 offense next year with the return of the the o lines health
    —–
    Saying Newton can’t be contained is a bit of a stretch. I’m sure they would have won some more games by now if he couldn’t. He is really good but let’s not get ahead of ourselves.

    If beating your division rivals meant going to the playoffs, The Raiders would have had it wrapped up a couple of years ago. Division games are always a toss up. But The Falcons have more talent. They won more games period and that’s why they won the division.
    ========================

    wining the division is the sure way to the playoffs

    the defnse was awful and newton got off to a slow start behind an o line on par with philly and chicago.

    that is why they didnt win more games

    they beat the saints and falcons last year so they can do it again

    cam will be in the playoffs and will own the division.

    he cant be contained if you dont believe just see the devastated nfl record books with cams name tagged all over it

  • Chris in NY

    stablersbeard Says:
    March 20th, 2013 at 4:38 pm
    King will get the job done, I’m sure. An expensive punter is a luxury we can’t afford.

    And imagine the chaos created by a mobile punter, as opposed to a crappy old pocket punter.

    Period

    ——————————-

    Agreed and LOL.

    Good luck to Shane. My biggest regret is that he never got to play QB for us. Would’ve been good entertainment in the many down years to see him play at least a half under center. Oh well.

    Tremendous punter, but we have more pressing needs.

  • dr_robert

    Mitchell sucks. Substandard sub.

    Huff is average.

    Branch is good.

    Goodbye poor players. Hello new, young, talented, and hungry players.

    EXTEND REGGIE NOW!

  • JLofty

    LOL at 65.

  • RaiderLen

    Yes, indeed. Mitchell is a very good, very passionate player. Better than Branch, IMO. What does Reggie do? Lets Mitchell walk for a fraction of the out of whack contract he gave Branch last year.

    In (4-12) Reggie we trust. Right?
    —————————————————

    I agree that Branch’s contract is out of whack.

    Bad move on Reggie’s part.

  • JLofty

    No more 3×4? That would be sad, I liked that kid.
    Dang we have almost NO DBs ‘cept Tyvon huh?
    Underhill, Chekwa, and 3 concussion Adams?

    Bloody thin….

  • dr_robert

    The raiders suck. Therefore Palmer sucks.

    The panthers suck. Therefore newton can’t be stopped.

    I love this guy.

  • RaidO

    Chris In NY Says:
    March 20th, 2013 at 4:41 pm
    8RaiderReign8 Says:
    March 20th, 2013 at 4:32 pm
    Guess Reggie sucks cuz he let the one dimensional Mitchell go to Carolina. Cuz they have a great success turning around Raider castoffs ;P.

    ———————————

    Yes, indeed. Mitchell is a very good, very passionate player. Better than Branch, IMO. What does Reggie do? Lets Mitchell walk for a fraction of the out of whack contract he gave Branch last year.

    In (4-12) Reggie we trust. Right?
    —————

    Look at Brandon Myers and Louis Murphy with the Giants now. Bet they have no “catching” issues with Eli. Since a lot of guys on this blog want to blame the Raider WR’s and not the loser INT machine QB. We will see.

  • xraided

    “the defnse was awful and newton got off to a slow start behind an o line on par with philly and chicago.”

    hilarious you use those “EXCUSES” for Newton but the same can’t be said for Palmer? HAHA!

  • SilverLining20

    the defnse was awful and newton got off to a slow start behind an o line on par with philly and chicago.

    that is why they didnt win more games

    they beat the saints and falcons last year so they can do it again
    —-
    So do you think the team that just signed the great Mike Mitchell will turn their defense from awful to playoff-worthy in one year?

    And yeah they beat the Falcons last year and can do it again. But the same can be said vice versa.

  • NGRaiderfan

    111.dr_robert Says:
    March 20th, 2013 at 4:39 pm
    Missdick–ur always wrong. I’m always right. It must suck for u.

    Pryor sucks. PALM-WONDERFUL! Is good.

    All official passer stats bear this out. No wiggle room (lies).

    I win. U lose. We’ve seen it many times.

    Bye.

    =============

    considering all we really have to go on pryor is what he did in college. why don’t u go compare your bo palmers college stats his sophomore and junior season to pryors sophomore and junior season stats. remember pryor didn’t get a senior season…u wont be happy, but i’m sure u’ll find a way to spin it or make excuses or say something to help ur boy out.

  • dr_robert

    Fans are funny. Mitchell has done exactly nothing in this league. But fans still think it’s a shame to see him go. Fond memories of his you tube highlight reel? Face it. He is below average as a pro football safety.

    Move on.

  • Carl Weathers

    LMAO @ pocket punter!

  • boss01

    The_Judge37 Says:
    March 20th, 2013 at 4:36 pm
    Woodson would be great, but he’s likely to command more than $650k, and that wouldn’t be “Building it the Right Way”

    ================

    That’s definitely not being patient and being in it for the long haul. God forbid we sign a pro bowler, that would turn us into another “flash in the pan”

  • Purvisman/Intrepid/Eternal Optimist

    raiderinparadise Says:

    NOT A SINGLE PLAYER LEFT FROM 2009 DRAFT

    SHO NASTY
    MEYERS
    DHB
    MITCHELL
    SLADE NORRIS
    ETC…
    ======================================================

    STRYKER SULAK!

  • Mistic1 Tha Supavillain

    dr_robert Says:
    March 20th, 2013 at 4:42 pm

    Lol. No official stat regarding wins and losses for a qb.
    ==================

    has nothing to do with the long standing practice

    are you arguing that it isnt a long standing practice?

    lol closing your eyes or hiding under your blankey wont make it disappear

  • raiderfankirk

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    We put free agent running back Peyton Hillis in our sights with the added point of view of writers for two of his former teams to lend extra perspective.

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    The Raiders need a big bruising back who can also tote the rock the way Michael Bush once did. There aren’t a great many guys who fit that bill in the NFL. One such back could be Chiefs free agent running back, Peyton Hillis.

    If Hillis were to come to the Raiders, he would reunite with his former college teammate, Darren McFadden so we know that combination can work. Felix Jones was third member of that Arkansas trio, a role Mike Goodson would fill.

    It has been a couple seasons since Hillis was relevant in the NFL. He was originally drafted by Denver which means if he were to come to the Raiders, it would be his third stop in the AFC West. After two seasons there, he was sent to Cleveland where he broke out and put up a monster season in 2010 for the Browns. His 1177 yards trumps the best single season numbers by either of his former Arkansas mates, McFadden (1157) and Jones (800).

    Despite his next stop in the NFL being his fourth, he is still only 26 which should suggest he has plenty of good years still left in him.

    Here is what the writers for last two teams had to say about him:

    Joel Thorman of Chiefs blog, Arrowhead Pride:

    Peyton Hillis was supposed to be the thunder to Jamaal Charles’ lightning but it never quite worked out that way. Hillis was hurt early in the season, an ankle injury, which cost him a month of time. He only had two good games, really. You probably don’t even remember Hillis picking up 23 yards on 4 carries against the Raiders last season, do you? Yeah, that was arguably his third best game last season.

    He never really found his spot with the Chiefs. There seemed to be no rhyme or reason as to how he was used. Jamaal Charles is a great talent so it’s understandable that the Chiefs would give him the lion’s share of the carries but we were expecting Hillis, who had 85 rushing attempts, to be closer to the 2010 version of Thomas Jones, who had 245 carries and nearly 900 yards. It just didn’t happen due to Hillis’ performance, his injury and other factors … like the Chiefs being awful and always playing from behind.

    Though we haven’t heard anything from the team specifically, it appears they will likely let Hillis hit the market.

    Hillis will soon be three years removed from his breakout 2010 season. Was that season just a fluke? It’s starting to look like it. Maybe I’d give him a shot on a one-year, prove-it contract but certainly nothing more than that.

    Chris Pokorny of Browns blog, Dawgs by Nature:

    Cleveland fans absolutely loved Peyton Hillis in 2010. He was tough as nails and appeared to be very humble about his sudden rise to stardom. Besides running the ball well, he was an excellent receiver and a good blocking back. For what he lacked in speed, he made up for in getting yards after the catch.

    Fans were so passionate about Hillis’ success after the season that they made it a mission to vote him on to the cover of Madden 2012. Unfortunately, that kind of triggered the beginning of the end of Cleveland’s love for Hillis.

    Hillis made it clear that he wanted a new contract, but instead of earning it, he basically quit on the team. One week, he had to sit out because he had the flu. Then, it was a hamstring injury. Sure, things happen, but there were too many rumblings from the media and players in the locker room who indicated that Hillis was basically holding out. His attitude in general irritated players and fans, and the reputation he previously built had been destroyed just like that.

    In Hillis’ final season in Cleveland, Joe Thomas ripped into him for how he handled himself. Then Hillis fired back and the pissing match didn’t look good for Hillis whatsoever.

    I still believe that Hillis is a good receiver and blocker, and his physical nature has a place in the NFL. His durability has to be a concern, though. Even in a limited role with Kansas City last year, he was pretty banged up at times.

  • RaiderLen

    King has know this day was coming the moment the raiders signed him to a 3 year 1.4mil deal and put him on IR.

    Shane did too.

  • boss01

    Flyer on Urlacher now that he’s on the market? Probably wants to go to a “contender” just like any other former pro bowler that’s over the hill.

  • NGRaiderfan

    126.xraided Says:
    March 20th, 2013 at 4:47 pm
    “the defnse was awful and newton got off to a slow start behind an o line on par with philly and chicago.”

    hilarious you use those “EXCUSES” for Newton but the same can’t be said for Palmer? HAHA!

    ================

    newton doesn’t get any excuse, just like palmer doesn’t get any excuses.

    but before u roast newton remember this:

    carolina was 2-14 the year before he got there, then they went 6-10 his first year there, progress. and last year they went 7-9. it’s slow progress but the panthers are still a better team record wise, stats wise, everything wise, than they were before newton got there.

    can u say that about carson palmer?

  • http://http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YXj7I1RzLSE&feature=related exlaraiderseasonticketholder

    No Urlacher! Tired of picking up over the hill players.

  • Chris in NY

    Purvisman/Intrepid/Eternal Optimist Says:
    March 20th, 2013 at 4:51 pm
    raiderinparadise Says:

    NOT A SINGLE PLAYER LEFT FROM 2009 DRAFT

    SHO NASTY
    MEYERS
    DHB
    MITCHELL
    SLADE NORRIS
    ETC…
    ======================================================

    STRYKER SULAK!

    —————–

    What do you expect. Reggie is intent on getting “his own guys.” Just like firing Hue for Dennis Allen. It’s all about Reggie making sure he gets the credit if the Raiders do well, whether or not it’s what’s best for the team.

    #ego

  • Chris in NY

    If things don’t go well, just implicitly blame it on Al Davis.

  • Mistic1 Tha Supavillain

    SilverLining20 Says:
    March 20th, 2013 at 4:48 pm

    the defnse was awful and newton got off to a slow start behind an o line on par with philly and chicago.

    that is why they didnt win more games

    they beat the saints and falcons last year so they can do it again
    —-
    So do you think the team that just signed the great Mike Mitchell will turn their defense from awful to playoff-worthy in one year?
    ================

    i didnt say that

    they will improve and they are already getting better

    cam is the driving force

    he has improved the win total every year since his arrival and with a little help at o line and on defense he will be too much for that division

    simple logic

  • The_Judge37

    139. If you’re refering to Reggie, then i think you mean #eggo

  • RaiderLen

    Exlaraiderseasonticketholder Says:
    March 20th, 2013 at 4:52 pm
    No Urlacher! Tired of picking up over the hill players.
    ———————————–
    Agree. That are injured, past their prime and will have an inflated value of themselves.

  • dr_robert

    Raido–ur embarrassing urself. Myers was nothing before Palmer made him into something. Murphy is on his third team in three years. Interception machine? 13? Wanna count how many nfl qb’s had more than that last year. Ur a clown.

    Xraided–it’s obvious isn’t it? Palmers wins and losses are all that counts, e en with his poor o-line (missdick earlier posted himself that it looked like bears on rollerblades) and one of the worst defenses in history. But newtons wins and losses don’t count cuz of his poor defense and o-line. Missdick defines lying hypocrite.

    Ng–just the facts. Palmer is a quality nfl passer. Period. It’s proven. By official nfl stats. Pryor blows. I watched him week 17. In preseason. In college. Worst nfl passer I’ve ever seen. This ain’t college. It’s the nfl. Pryor will be a memory as a qb after preseason.

  • RaiderLen

    What do you expect. Reggie is intent on getting “his own guys.” Just like firing Hue for Dennis Allen. It’s all about Reggie making sure he gets the credit if the Raiders do well, whether or not it’s what’s best for the team.

    #ego
    ——————————————
    So Reggie is just like AL eh?

    I don’t believe Reggie is into “Credit”

    Reggie want’s to build a winning organization.

    If he’s successful, I’m certain he will spread the accolades among the “Team”

  • The_Judge37

    140.Chris in NY Says:
    March 20th, 2013 at 4:53 pm
    If things don’t go well, just implicitly blame it on Al Davis.
    ———-

    Actually, you can technically blame a corpes for your own laziness for up to 3 years. I’ve been doing that for the guy i took over at work.

  • Mistic1 Tha Supavillain

    xraided Says:
    March 20th, 2013 at 4:47 pm

    “the defnse was awful and newton got off to a slow start behind an o line on par with philly and chicago.”

    hilarious you use those “EXCUSES” for Newton but the same can’t be said for Palmer? HAHA!
    =============

    excuses or fact?

    dfense was bad especially firt half of the year, gae up many late game leads

    o line was awful lost 3 of 5 starters

    newton started slowly and played well in the final 7 games.

    all of this did actually happen

    why try and compare palmer?

    newton was better than palmer in almost every way including the win loss column

    newton is making the panthers better

    the raiders are getting worse with palmer

  • xraided

    “newton doesn’t get any excuse, just like palmer doesn’t get any excuses.

    but before u roast newton remember this:

    carolina was 2-14 the year before he got there, then they went 6-10 his first year there, progress. and last year they went 7-9. it’s slow progress but the panthers are still a better team record wise, stats wise, everything wise, than they were before newton got there.

    can u say that about carson palmer?”

    can’t roast Newton. never have. the dude is dynamite. he looked like he was horrible the first half, then just lit it up the second half.

    i will wait until i see Palmer this season in a good system with a decent OL up front and a relentless DMC to take the pressure off, then i’ll get my true reading.

  • Chris in NY

    RaiderLen Says:
    March 20th, 2013 at 4:57 pm
    What do you expect. Reggie is intent on getting “his own guys.” Just like firing Hue for Dennis Allen. It’s all about Reggie making sure he gets the credit if the Raiders do well, whether or not it’s what’s best for the team.

    #ego
    ——————————————
    So Reggie is just like AL eh?

    I don’t believe Reggie is into “Credit”

    Reggie want’s to build a winning organization.

    If he’s successful, I’m certain he will spread the accolades among the “Team”

    —————————-

    I’m sure that’s what he’ll say. I think he’s more interested in what everyone else will say though. And he only gets the praise if the team is made up of “his guys” not Al’s guys. Did not go well at all last year, plummeting from 16-16 the prior two seasons to 4-12. Guess we’ll see if it’s any better this year.

  • Mistic1 Tha Supavillain

    xraided Says:
    March 20th, 2013 at 4:59 pm

    “newton doesn’t get any excuse, just like palmer doesn’t get any excuses.

    but before u roast newton remember this:

    carolina was 2-14 the year before he got there, then they went 6-10 his first year there, progress. and last year they went 7-9. it’s slow progress but the panthers are still a better team record wise, stats wise, everything wise, than they were before newton got there.

    can u say that about carson palmer?”

    can’t roast Newton. never have. the dude is dynamite. he looked like he was horrible the first half, then just lit it up the second half.

    i will wait until i see Palmer this season in a good system with a decent OL up front and a relentless DMC to take the pressure off, then i’ll get my true reading.
    ===============

    palmer sucked in the “system” we will see next year when hu jack was here. remember he went 4-5 and turned it over a whopping 17 times??!/

    he sucked last year with dmac

    Im afraid he will suck no matter who he lays with and no matter what system he is in