Tuesday, 23 October, 2018

Raiders inform Sebastian Janikowski he won't be brought back

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Janikowski was drafted by the Raiders from Florida State in the first round in 2000, during Gruden's first stint as head coach. But, it looks like the Raiders have chose to move on in 2018.

The Oakland Raiders told free agent kicker Sebastian Janikowski that they won't bring him back next season, reports ESPN's Adam Schefter.

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.

He also holds numerous National Football League records including longest field goal in overtime (57 yards), most field goals in one quarter (4), most field goals beyond 50 (55) and 60 (2) yards and most extra points in a Pro Bowl (8).

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Last season, Janikowski agreed to take a million-dollar pay cut and then dealt with a back issue which cost him the entire season.

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. He played in a franchise-record 268 games in 18 seasons. He was placed on injured reserve the day before the season opener.

Known for his big leg, Janikowski banged in 55 field goals from 50 yards or longer during his time in Oakland.

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