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Oakland Raiders say Sebastian Janikowski won’t return for 2018 season

ALAMEDA, Calif. — Speculation on Sebastian Janikowski re-signing with the Oakland Raiders and reuniting with coach Jon Gruden was quelled Wednesday because the group advised the veteran left-footed place-kicker that it doesn’t plan to carry him again for the 2018 season, a supply advised ESPN’s Adam Schefter.

Janikowski, the Raiders’ all-time main scorer with 1,799 factors (11th in NFL historical past), spent final season on injured reserve, and his locker was cleaned out by midseason.

He will flip 40 on March 2 and might be an unrestricted free agent.

Oakland is the one NFL house Janikowski has recognized. He mentioned final offseason his aim was nonetheless to be kicking for the franchise when it moved to Las Vegas in 2020.

“Until they kick me out,” Janikowski mentioned in June, when requested how lengthy he noticed himself taking part in for the Raiders.

The Raiders’ late proprietor Al Davis drafted Janikowski with the 17th total choice within the 2000 NFL draft, out of Florida State. Gruden, who then was within the third season of his first tenure as Oakland’s head coach, favored both receiver Sylvester Morris or working again Shaun Alexander in that draft.

“Thank God for Raiders fans they listened to Al Davis and not me,” Gruden mentioned throughout a radio interview greater than a decade later of utilizing a first-round choose on Janikowski. “I’ll say he was right.”

Janikowski performed in a franchise-record 268 video games in 18 seasons for the Raiders, changing 414 area objectives on 515 makes an attempt (10th most in NFL historical past). He additionally has made 98.9 % of his PAT makes an attempt (557-of-563).

His 55 area objectives of not less than 50 yards are an NFL document. That features a 63-yarder at Denver in 2011, which on the time tied a league document.

Janikowski appeared in Oakland’s first two preseason video games of 2017 earlier than a again subject and experiences of the Raiders wanting him to take a pay minimize surfaced.

He took a $1 million pay minimize and went on injured reserve the day earlier than the season opener at Tennessee. Giorgio Tavecchio, a longtime camp leg, was signed, and he transformed 16 of 21 area aim makes an attempt, with an extended of 53 yards.

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