Raiders Moving on From Sebastian Janikowski After 18 Years


Janikowski was drafted number 17 overall in the first round by the Raiders back in the 2000 draft.

"Raiders informed kicker Sebastian Janikowski today that they do not plan to bring him back for the 2018 season, per source".

This move was not a surprise, as Janikowski is 40 years old and missed all of 2017 with a back injury, but for fans of a certain age, it's oddly kind of sad.

According to ESPN's Adam Schefter, the Raiders will be parting ways with Janikowski as the sweeping changes continue in Oakland.

In 2016, Janikowski made 29-of-35 field goals (82.9 percent) and 37-of-39 extra points (94.9 percent). Only one other player who is still in the league has been with one team as long as Janikowski. The man also known as Seabass built up his reputation over the years by being a threat to kick field goals from 50 yards or more. His 414 made field goals ranks No. 10 on the all-time list, and he ranks 44th all time on the career field-goal percentage list.

Janikowski will probably find a team in need of his services. The Raiders can tender Tavecchio, who is an exclusive-rights free agent, a contract offer when free agency begins March 14.