The Oakland Raiders have informed kicker Sebastian Janikowski that they do not intend to bring him back for the 2018 season. Team owner Mark Davis released a statement Thursday saluting the 18-year Raider.
“The Raider Nation salutes Sebastian Janikowski as the sun sets on his illustrious career with the Oakland Raiders. He joined the team as a surprise first-round pick in the 2000 Draft and finishes his time in Oakland as one of the greatest or perhaps the greatest kicker in pro football history. His powerful left leg produced an NFL-record 55 field goals of 50-or-more yards. The motto ‘Once a Raider, Always a Raider’ has never been more true as his 18-year career makes him the longest-tenured player in Raiders history. Sebastian, his wife, Lori, and their three children will always be a loved and treasured part of the Raiders family.”
Janikowski was placed on injured reserve by the Raiders a day before their 2017 season opener and replaced by Giorgio Tavecchio. The 39-year-old missed the entire season.
Janikowski was drafted in the first round, 17th overall of the 2000 NFL Draft and had been the Raiders kicker for 18 years. He led the league in both field goal attempts and kicks made in 2010 and was selected to the Pro Bowl in 2011.