In Jon Gruden's first stint with the Raiders, the team selected Sebastian Janikowski in the first round of the 2000 NFL Draft.
18 years later, Gruden is cutting ties with Janikowski.
Raiders informed kicker Sebastian Janikowski today that they do not plan to bring him back for the 2018 season, per source. An 18-year run with Raiders comes to an end.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) February 14, 2018
Janikowski has been a mainstay in Oakland for nearly two decades. In his career, Janikowski has made 80.4 percent of his kicks (414/515). He holds the NFL record for most made field goals of 50+ yards.
But in 2017, the Raiders used Giorgio Tavecchio, as Janikowski was placed on injured reserve before the regular season opener.
He also re-worked his contract just before the start of the season, taking a pay cut from $4 million to $3 million.
Janikowski's contract ended after this past season, as did Tavecchio's. But the Raiders have exclusive free agent rights to the kicker who will be entering his second season. So if Oakland offers him a three-year, league minimum deal, he has to stay with the Raiders.
Tavecchio was 16 of 21 with a long of 53 yards in his rookie season.
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