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Veteran punter Hentrich postpones retirement, agrees to return to Titans

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The Tennessee Titans have agreed to undisclosed terms on a contract with punter Craig Hentrich, the team announced Friday.

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2008 Statistics
Punts: 87
Avg.: 42.8
Inside 20: 27

The team's all-time leading punter, who was considering retirement, was an unrestricted free agent, but he will return for his 16th NFL season and 12th with the Titans.

"Craig has been such a valuable player for us in so many ways during his time here, and we are pleased to be able to agree on a contract with him for another year," Titans general manager Mike Reinfeldt said in a statement released by the team.

In 2008, Hentrich punted 87 times for 3,725 yards, a 42.8-yard average with a net of 36.5. He placed 27 punts inside the opponents' 20-yard line.

Hentrich's 852 punts in 175 games in an Oilers/Titans uniform rank first in franchise history, and his gross average of 42.8 yards ranks second behind Greg Montgomery (43.6). Just three players in team history -- Bruce Matthews, Elvin Bethea and Brad Hopkins -- have appeared in more games than Hentrich.

Including his four-year total with the Green Bay Packers at the start of his NFL career, Hentrich's 1,141 career punts are tied for seventh place in league history (Rohn Stark) and rank second among all active players (Jeff Feagles, 1,649).

In the divisional-playoff game against the Baltimore Ravens last season, Hentrich became the second player in NFL history to reach 100 postseason punts with 101 (Ray Guy, 111).

Hentrich's career 36.8-yard net average ranks 10th in the NFL in the 33 seasons the statistic has been tracked. His total of 34.7 percent of punts placed inside the 20 ranks second in the league since 1976.

Hentrich came to the Oilers as a free agent in 1998. Prior to spending the 1993 season on Green Bay's practice squad and the 1994 through 1997 seasons on the Packers' active roster, he was selected by the New York Jets in the eighth round of the 1993 draft.

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