Sebastian Janikowski has spent a lot time because the Oakland Raiders kicker, Jon Gruden drafted him … the primary time Gruden coached the Raiders.
Gruden has returned to the Raiders, however Janikowski gained’t in 2018. According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, the workforce knowledgeable Janikowski he gained’t be again with the workforce. That’s not stunning, contemplating Janikowski will probably be 40 years outdated subsequent season and spent all final season on injured reserve. But it does finish an 18-year Raiders profession. Janikowski is the Raiders’ all-time main scorer.
Janikowski nearly didn’t make the Raiders’ roster final season, however agreed to a pay minimize. Then he was positioned on injured reserve with a again damage earlier than kicking in a recreation. His substitute Giorgio Tavecchio was strong, hitting 16-of-21 subject targets final season. He’s cheaper, youthful and has no damage considerations, so it appeared clear Janikowski’s time as a Raider could be ending.
An enduring piece of Janikowski’s legacy will be that he was drafted in the first round. He is the final kicker to be taken within the first spherical, and that may final for some time (particularly after 2016 second-round choose Roberto Aguayo bombed spectacularly with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers). It’s uncommon for kickers to go within the first few rounds, though Janikowski had an extended and productive profession. He was identified for his long-distance kicks, together with 55 50-yard subject targets and tying a since-broken NFL file with a 63-yard subject purpose in 2011.
Since there are a couple of groups that at all times appear to wrestle to discover a dependable kicker, Janikowski persevering with to play can’t be dominated out. But he’ll ceaselessly be generally known as a Raider, and that period is over.
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