By Jerry McDonald - NFL Writer
Wednesday, March 20th, 2013 at 3:22 pm in Oakland Raiders.
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.