Sebastian Janikowski signs four-year extension

AP

Since taking over as the Raiders’ General Manager, Reggie McKenzie has spent a lot of time clearing the roster of players left over from the final days of Al Davis’ long reign atop the franchise.

The team isn’t ready to wipe their hands of all of those players, however. The Raiders tweeted out a picture of kicker Sebastian Janikowski signing a four-year contract extension on Friday, which means that the 17th overall pick of the 2000 draft is now under contract to the team through the 2017 season.

Janikowski recently said that it was his preference to remain with the Raiders beyond the 2013 season, the final year of a four-year, $16 million deal he signed with the team in 2010. He also said that he wanted to play seven or eight more years in the NFL, so this may not be the final time he puts pen to paper on a contract.

He’s coming off a year where he made 91.2 percent of his field goal tries, including all 24 from within 50 yards. For his career, Janikowski has made 80.6 percent of his field goal tries.

The Raiders didn’t tweet out a picture of the contract itself and made no announcement about the compensation that Janikowski will receive. He’s set to make $3.8 million in base salary this year.

UPDATE 3:43 p.m. ET: Scott Bair of CSN Bay Area reports that the deal, which includes this year’s salary, has a total value of $19 million with $8 million guaranteed in the first two years.

41 responses to “Sebastian Janikowski signs four-year extension

  1. Awesome in my book. What a great career should look like. The Raiders got a better 1st rounder than most that year.

  2. Knowledgeable football fans know this is a good signing for the Raiders, and he’s been a great NFL kicker. His FG % is skewed since he tries so many 50-60+ tries.

  3. a kicker in the first round???

    I bet more than half the teams would rather draft Jano over the bust they drafted in round 1.

  4. Get the ball to the 40 and you’re gonna get at least 3 points unless you turn it over. Absolute money in the bank, and a Raider at heart. Loved and respected by the Nation.

  5. Do all the people who still laugh at this pick realize that every G.M. would love to have all of their first round picks 14 years down the road be worthy of a four year contract extension?

  6. Not a Raiders fan at all but got to love Seabass. Built like a lineman and kicks like a mule.

  7. As a life-long Raider hater, even I have to admit this was a great signing. I’d be psyched to have this guy on the other side of the bay playing for my team!

    I guess Al Davis wasn’t wrong ALL the time. Who knew?

  8. Hilarious how they took him in the 1st round when he probably would have been available in the 4th or 5th round. Got to love the Raidas brains

  9. I’m a Charger fan and I’ve been a Janikowski fan for years. Hes the foot of the franchise and should remain that for many years as kickers do.

  10. I spent a few minutes looking at who was drafted after him…

    Who would you have rather them taken?
    Chad Pennington? Bust…
    Shawn Alexander? Out of the league…

    Of course, my argument falls apart when you get start scrolling through the sixth round…

    /Spoiler alert– Pick 199: Tom Brady/QB/Michigan

  11. I am a Bengals fan but you have to say that Janikowski is one of the best moves that Al Davis made in the past 15 years. If you get within 50 yards or longer you always have a chance with him kicking the ball. He had a rough start in the beginning but has become one of the best kickers in all of the NFL. Btw for the Raider Nation you have to be happy the way that your team is trying to turn things around.

  12. swaggyy says:Aug 2, 2013 4:06 PM

    Hilarious how they took him in the 1st round when he probably would have been available in the 4th or 5th round. Got to love the Raidas brains
    ——
    Yeah right. He was projected to go late in the first and went in the middle of the round. So what? Have to remember before things changed to a pass friendly video game score format, 3 points were a lot more important.

    Crack on kickers all you want, but I am sure if you gave any GM the option of taking one in the first and being set for two decades, most would jump at the chance.

  13. well if he plays that many years he will pass guys like brown, otto, shell, upshaw, freddy b, wiz, for most seasons ever played as a raider.

  14. #2 redskins….Lavar Arrington
    #4 Bengals…..Peter Warrick
    #10 Ravens….Travis Taylor

    Just a few of the guys picked ahead of Sebass…..I bet those teams would rather have had the kicker.

  15. Keep telling yourself that oakland. keep telling yourself that. Its OK to be laughed at. No worries from the other 31 teams just laughter coming out from them. LOL and LMAO.!!!!!!

  16. Consider Reggie signed Sea Bass to a 4 year contract extension that barely pays him more than he made on the last contract is a solid job by Reggie.

    4 years $16 million compared to 4 years $19 million.

  17. larrydavid7000 says: Aug 2, 2013 6:04 PM

    Keep telling yourself that oakland. keep telling yourself that. Its OK to be laughed at. No worries from the other 31 teams just laughter coming out from them. LOL and LMAO.!!!!!!
    ———-
    Jano is a fine kicker and we’re glad to have him for another four years. And you’re an idiot. The Raiders have done a lot of things that inspire ridicule, but this isn’t one of them.

  18. Love Janikowski when he’s hitting. When he’s not, ooof.

    That is to say the 30+ yard game winner he missed early in the 2010 season vs ARI was a gut punch. Our offense worked well to get him super close and he just pushed it.

    But then you see stuff like 2011 when he lined up for a 76 yarder against DET with the playoffs on the line (yeah THAT game, Raider Nation) and was pissed when he missed it. He and all of us thought there was legit chance he would hit that sucker to tie the game. After the game he he said he kicked the hell out of the ball and expected to make it.

    Great re-signing.

  19. larrydavid7000 says:
    Aug 2, 2013 6:04 PM
    Keep telling yourself that oakland. keep telling yourself that. Its OK to be laughed at. No worries from the other 31 teams just laughter coming out from them. LOL and LMAO.!!!!!!
    ***************************************************
    Fearlessly, the idiot faced the crowd, smiling.

  20. I’d rather pay the best kicker in the league 4 million a season, than pay the any quarterback 25 million a season. Scott Norwood anyone?

  21. Al Davis is a master mind @ what he did best…finding talent…Ray guy…HOF Janikowski, future HOF…2 kickers…2 different eras…both Raider legends both kickers in the first round….!!

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