There’s a chance the Oakland Raiders could let punter Shane Lechler sign with another this offseason. The reason for this speculation is the fact that fellow punter Marquette king was placed on injured reserve.
Very rarely is a player placed on injured reserve when they were signed to only hold down a spot for a player that was out with an injury (like what King did for Lechler).
Lechler admitted he’s never seen anything like this before.
“Yeah, I don’t know that I’ve ever seen it happen before,” Lechler told reporters.
Lechler, 36, is in the last year of a four-year, $16 million contract, and keeping King around might be a strong indication that general manager Reggie McKenzie plans to let Lechler walk.
“It was frustrating for a little while because this is my job, and it has been mine for 13 years,” Lechler said. “You can feel how you want to about it. I took it a little bit personal early but after that I was like, ‘You know what? I can only worry about so many things around here.’ So, that was one of them that I needed to stop worrying about.”
King’s locker is three down from that of Lechler, who has been free and easy with advice regardless of what the future holds.
“I’m not real worried about it,” said Lechler , the highest-paid punter in NFL history. “If that’s the direction they choose to go, they choose to go. I don’t have any doubt in his ability. He needs some time.”
With Lechler being one of the best punters in the NFL, he shouldn’t have a hard itme finding a new team.