Sebastian Janikowski finished with Raiders

Ross Houston
February 15, 2018

Veteran place kicker Sebastian Janikowski, who has played more games than any player in franchise history, won't return to the Raiders in 2018, according to an ESPN report.

Janikowski was replaced by kicker Giorgio Tavecchio a year ago when a back injury kept him on injured reserve throughout the season. He will become a free agent in March, shortly after his 40th birthday.

The Oakland Raiders are parting ways with their first-round pick... from 17 years ago. It was the fourth player Gruden brought in through the draft during his time with the Raiders.

Janikowski sat out this season with a back injury and agreed to take a $1 million pay cut.

Janikowski maintained his role as the starting kicker on the Raiders for nearly two decades due to his ability to play consistently well from year to year. In 18 seasons, Janikowski put 55 footballs through the uprights from 50 yards or more.

The move rules out a possible reunion between Janikowski, who missed all of last season with an injured back, and head coach Jon Gruden. Giorgio Tavecchio went 16-of-21 on field-goal attempts for the Raiders in 2017.

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