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Oakland Raiders cut ties with Sebastian Janikowski after 18 seasons

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The Oakland Raiders have informed Sebastian Janikowski that he won’t be with the team for 2018. Since the Raiders hired Jon Gruden again as their head coach, they’ve been cleaning house. Gruden actually drafted Janikowski during his first stint with the Raiders. The he polis-born kicker is one of only four kickers to ever be drafted in the first round in NFL history. Janikowski is wasn’t expected to make the team last season, but took a lower salary to stay with the team. He was on injury reserve all season which most likely led to the Raiders officially cutting ties with him this season.

Janikowski has had quite a career with the Raiders. He currently sits eleventh on the NFL all-time points leader list. His 414 total field goals sits tenth all-time and he’s nailed a couple of them for over 60-yards. With all of his accomplishments, Janikowski has only been to one pro bowl which was in 2011. Although, he has been named the NFL Player of the Week seven times in his career.

At Florida State, Janikowski racked up quite the college football career. The two-time All-American won back-to-back Lou Groza award and is the only kicker in history to do so. In 134 games in Tallahassee, Janikowski was successful on 80-percent of his field goal tries. He finished his career with the Seminoles ranking third on the school’s all-time points leaderboards.

A big part of the decision to let Janikowski go comes with the success of Giorgio Tavecchio. The for Cal Golden Bear 16 for 21 in field goal tries and solidified his spot as the new kicker for the Oakland Raiders. He’s younger, cheaper, and obviously healthier, which is why the Raiders made this move.

Even at 40, don’t rule out  Sebastian Janikowski from playing in the NFL in 2018. If he can stay healthy, someone will pick him up. The demand for kickers is high and someone would give a kicker like Janikowski a shot based on prior credentials.