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Raiders great Janikowski could be headed to Chargers

By Tyler Bischoff

Sebastian Janikowski had one of the longest tenures in Raider history. But he may be kicking for a divisional rival next season.

Janikowski spent 18 seasons in Oakland, where he was the kicker for 17. He drilled over 80 percent of his kicks in Silver and Black, including hitting 55 of 100 attempts from beyond 50 yards.

What has been nearly two decades of futility for the Raiders saw at least one positive constant: Janikowski.

But the Raiders chose to release him this offseason, as Jon Gruden remarked he wouldn’t be able to afford the 40-year old kicker who spent all of last season on injured reserve.

Janikowski had a cap hit of over $3 million last season. His replacement, Giorgio Tavecchio, will cost the Raiders less than $1 million next season.

Tavecchio, who made his NFL debut last season, made 16 of 21 field goals (76.2%) including 3 of 4 from 50 yards or more.

By choosing Tavecchio’s cheaper deal over Janikowski, the Raiders have set up a doomsday scenario fans. Their long-time kicker making a game-winning field goal to beat the Raiders.

If he signs with the Chargers, he’ll get two cracks at the Raiders each season.

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