Adam Schefter of ESPN reports that Sebastian Janikowski will sign a four-year, $16 million contract, including $9 million in guaranteed money.
It’s a well-deserved deal for the long-time Raider, who was arguably the league’s best placekicker in 2009. Janikowski also consistently ranks among the league leaders in touchbacks. (He was ninth this year after finishing in the top two in 2007 & 2008.)
The Raiders were expected to use the transition tag on Janikowski absent a long-term deal, but that didn’t prove necessary. Oakland has perhaps the best kicker-punter combination in football with Shane Lechler and the man they call Seabass.
See, guys: we can say something nice about the Raiders.