Like Nick Novak, Shane Lechler has an expiring contract. While Lechler has been one of the best punters in NFL history, there has been some recent concern about his performance level among Texans fans (though a hamstring injury he was battling may have had something to do with what we saw in 2015). There's been talk here at BRB that it's time to move on, so with that in mind, we're going to be looking at the punters available in the draft and as UDFAs.
The Utah Utes' punter, Tom Hackett, is the top-ranked punter available in the draft, according to CBS; Draft Breakdown also has him ranked. CBS projects Hackett to go in the fourth or fifth round of this April's draft. While a 4 or 5 is a pretty steep price for a guy you hope won't be on the field too much, the ability to flip the field (along with a punt coverage team capable of making plays without drawing flags, which we hope to see now that special teams is under new management) is something every team in the NFL needs.
What say you, BRBers? Are you interested in bringing in a punter either through the draft or as a UDFA? Would you prefer to re-sign Lechler and possibly bring in some camp competition instead? This is your spot to discuss punters. Enjoy.