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Here are your daily Texans stories for the middle of your week:

Lechler still seeking Super Bowl win by Tania Ganguli, ESPN

"As Houston Texans punter Shane Lechler sat on the couch watching the Denver Broncos play the Carolina Panthers in the Super Bowl, he longed to be there again. He turned to his wife and told her he wasn’t ready to walk away yet."

Houston not likely to use franchise tag by Battle Red Blog

"PFT thinks there’s a chance Lechler could get tagged, but the punter/kicker franchise tag number of $4,500,000.00 strikes me as a silly price to pay, especially with Lechler coming off a a season that didn’t approach the standard he’s established throughout his career. Whether you attribute that decline to bad special teams coverage or Father Time (Lechler will turn 40 years old in August) is up to you, but it should not require the team to commit to paying their punter $4.5 mil to prevent him from testing the market."

Texans players react to Grammys by Jesse Clark, Houstontexans.com

"The music industry took center stage on Monday night with the 58th Grammy Awards in Los Angeles, which recognizes recording excellence and artistic achievement over the last year.Singer and songwriter Tori Kelly, who was nominated for Best New Artist, sang the National Anthem during the Texans’ playoff game against the Chiefs on January 9."

Can Houston make it to Super Bowl 51? by Brandi Medrano, isportsweb.com

"The Houston Texans are far from being the best team in the NFL. However, Houston Texans owner, Bob McNair, believes the team has a chance to star in Super Bowl 51, which will be played on the Texans home-field at NRG Stadium.For years now, the Texans have been within reach of post-season success. The team first had a taste when it was able to advance to the divisional rounds of the 2011 and 2012 seasons, but squandered every opportunity by failing to follow through.“We need to have reliable play at quarterback,” said McNair, when asked how the Texans might be able to make a run for the Super Bowl in 2017; “We don’t need a superstar there, but it needs to be reliable play that won’t take anything away from us.”"