The Raiders want to save money, so one of the places they looked was their 17-year kicker, Sebastian Janikowski.
#Raiders K Sebastian Janikowski agreed to a small paycut, going from $4M to $3M — fully guaranteed. Could free up space for Donald Penn ????
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) September 7, 2017
There is nothing small about a $1 million paycut; it is 25 percent of Janikowski’s salary. But this move comes after reports earlier this week indicated the Raiders had asked Janikowski to rework his deal.
His original $4 million base salary would have been the highest in the NFL. But now that he is down to $3 million, Janikowski ranks fourth behind Graham Gano, Dan Bailey and Matt Prater.
Now the concern moves to Janikowski’s health. He was limited at practice on Wednesday with a back injury. That injury prompted the Raiders to work out three other kickers earlier this week in case Janikowski was not ready for week one. He only kicked one field goal in the preseason and that came in game one.
As Ian Rapoport suggested in his tweet, this move could help Donald Penn get a new deal. The left tackle held out through training camp before reporting in week three of the preseason. Penn is looking to be paid like a top 10 offensive lineman.
All this comes after the Raiders gave Derek Carr a $125 million extension, which at the time was the largest deal in the NFL history.
But as long as he has a healthy back, Sebastian Janikowski will be kicking for the Raiders for season number 18.
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