Raiders cut ties with Janikowski, source says


The Oakland Raiders informed Sebastian Janikowski on Wednesday that they do not plan to bring him back for the 2018 season, a source told ESPN’s Adam Schefter, meaning the longtime kicker will become an unrestricted free agent.

Janikowski was a first-round draft pick (17th overall) of the team in 2000 out of Florida State. Raiders owner Al Davis made the decision to select him, with then-coach Jon Gruden favoring either receiver Sylvester Morris or running back Shaun Alexander.

Now, Gruden is back leading Oakland, and Janikowski is out, but not before a ton of success with the team.

The Raiders’ all-time leading scorer, Janikowski has 1,799 points for the Raiders, which ranks 10th in NFL history, as do his 414 career field goals. He played in a franchise-record 268 games and 18 seasons for the team.

Janikowski took a $1 million paycut at the end of training camp in August to get the final year of his contract to $3 million for 2017. He went on injured reserve the day before the season opener with a back issue.

Giorgio Tavecchio handled the kicking duties in his place, converting 16-of-21 field goal attempts with a long of 53.

Information from ESPN’s Paul Gutierrez as used in this report.

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