Report: Raiders partial ways with long-time kicker Sebastian Janikowski


  • OAKLAND, CA - NOVEMBER 24:  Sebastian Janikowski #11 of a Oakland Raiders kicks a fifty-two yard margin idea opposite a Tennessee Titans during a initial entertain during O.co Coliseum on Nov 24, 2013 in Oakland, California.  (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images) Photo: Thearon W. Henderson, Getty Images

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The Raiders told Sebastian Janikowski they do not intend to pierce him behind subsequent season, ESPN reported Wednesday, interruption ways with their longest-tenured actor after 18 years.

The left-footed kicker famous as “Seabass” is a franchise’s career personality in points (1,799) and games played (268). He will turn a giveaway representative in March, shortly after his 40th birthday.

The pierce manners out a probable reunion between Janikowski, who missed all of final deteriorate with an harmed back, and conduct manager Jon Gruden. Janikowski was drafted by a Raiders from Florida State in a initial turn in 2000, during Gruden’s initial army as conduct coach.

Only dual other members of that 2000 breeze category are active in a NFL. One is punter Shane Lechler, who also was drafted by Oakland and played a past 5 seasons with a Texans. The other is New England quarterback Tom Brady, who only played in his eighth Super Bowl.

Over 17 seasons, Janikowski became a tie on special teams, converting 80.4 percent of his field-goal attempts (414 of 515) and 98.9 percent of extra-point tries.

In a Raiders’ 2011 deteriorate opener during Denver, Janikowski tied what was afterwards a record for a longest margin idea in NFL history: 63 yards, equaling a symbol common by Tom Dempsey and Jason Elam. Denver’s Matt Prater pennyless that record with a 64-yarder in 2013.






Janikowski’s 55 margin goals of 50-plus yards are a many in NFL history, according to Pro Football Reference. He ranks 10th altogether in margin goals done and 12th in attempts.

His final coming came in a team’s second preseason diversion in August. Shortly before a deteriorate started, Janikowski and a Raiders concluded to redo his contract, reportedly settling on a figure of $3 million guaranteed. Janikowski spent a deteriorate on harmed reserve.

Giorgio Tavecchio, who took over kicking duties, converted 16 of 21 field-goal attempts and 33 of 34 extra-point tries. The Raiders can proposal Tavecchio, who is an exclusive-rights giveaway agent, a agreement offer when giveaway group starts Mar 14.


Matt Kawahara is a San Francisco Chronicle staff writer. Email: mkawahara@sfchronicle.com Twitter: @matthewkawahara

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