Sebastian Janikowski Won't Return to Raiders After 18 Seasons, Hits Free Agency

Paola Ditto
Febbraio 15, 2018

In an odd coincidence, Janikowski seems to have been driven off by the newly rehired Jon Gruden, the very same coach who drafted him back in 2000, during Gruden's first run on the Raiders sideline.

One of the longest tenures for an National Football League player on a single team has finally come to an end. He will become a free agent in March, shortly after his 40th birthday. The other is New England quarterback Tom Brady, who just played in his eighth Super Bowl. He played in a franchise-record 268 games in 18 seasons.

Janikowski maintained his role as the starting kicker on the Raiders for nearly two decades due to his ability to play consistently well from year to year.

Over the course of his career, Janikowski hit on 80.4 percent of his attempts and had a career long of 63 yards.

Known for his big leg, Janikowski banged in 55 field goals from 50 yards or longer during his time in Oakland. Many teams went through multiple kickers during last season.

In 2016, Janikowski made 29-of-35 field goals (82.9 percent) and 37-of-39 extra points (94.9 percent).

Last season, Janikowski agreed to take a million-dollar pay cut and then dealt with a back issue which cost him the entire season. Only a few days later he was placed on injured reserve.

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