Report: Legendary Punter Shane Lechler Cut by Texans After 5 Seasons with Team

Kyle Newport@@KyleNewportFeatured ColumnistAugust 31, 2018

Houston Texans punter Shane Lechler (9) punts against the Dallas Cowboys during the first half of a preseason NFL football game Thursday, Aug. 30, 2018, in Houston. (AP Photo/George Bridges)
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Shane Lechler's five-year run with the Houston Texans has come to a close.

The team cut the 42-year-old punter Friday, according to Mark Berman of Fox 26, opting to go with rookie Trevor Daniel.

A fifth-round pick in 2000, Lechler spent the first 13 years of his career with the Oakland Raiders before joining Houston in 2013. He has put together one of the greatest punting careers the NFL has ever seen.

Lechler has led the league in punting yards four times, and his 47.6 yards per punt are the most in NFL history, according to Pro Football Reference. He has earned seven Pro Bowl nods along the way, being named first-team All-Pro six times and making the second team three additional times.

In 2017, he averaged 49.0 yards per punt (second-most in the league) on 92 attempts.

While Lechler has continued to perform as he has aged, it's Daniel, an undrafted free agent out of Tennessee, who has reportedly come out on top.

"This is a tough battle for me; definitely the hardest one I've had," Lechler said last week, via John McClain of the Houston Chonicle. "Trevor's doing a heck of a job. He's very talented. He's made me kind of step up my game a little, making me get better at some stuff I don't usually fine-tune until this time of [preseason]."

Daniel averaged 47.5 yards per punt as a redshirt senior at Tennessee in 2017.

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