Punter Turk, 39, gets two-year deal to return to Texans

Updated: March 19, 2008, 1:01 PM ET
By John Clayton | ESPN.com

NFL life may not be beginning for punter Matt Turk at the age of 39, but it's definitely continuing.

Turk, 39, agreed to a two-year, $2.35 million deal, which includes a $500,000 signing bonus, to stay in Houston. The fact that he was able to get a two-year deal at his age shows how well he won over the locker room and front office with his kicking.

Most punters and place-kickers at his age are either out of football or receiving the minimum salary annually to play. Turk, who has punted for the Redskins, Dolphins, Jets and Rams, came to the Texans last year and had one of his better seasons.

He had a 41.7 gross punting average, but what was most impressive was his 37.9 net, best in his career. His agent, David Canter, said Turk became actively involved in negotiations with Texans general manager Rick Smith to work out a deal that ran longer than one year.

John Clayton covers the NFL for ESPN.com.

John Clayton

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