Raiders kicker tryouts reportedly due to Janikowski injury

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There’s a bit of a discrepancy brewing between a pair of NFL insiders regarding the future of Raiders kicker Sebastian Janikowski.

Adam Schefter of ESPN reports that the Raiders are squeezing the 17-year veteran to cut his $4 million salary, and that he could be cut as soon as Tuesday. Schefter points to the team’s decision to work out a trio of kickers on Monday as proof of the fact that the Raiders are serious about making a change.

But Ian Rapoport of NFL Media reports that the tryouts arose from problems with Janikowski’s back, and that he looked “awful” on Monday.

It’s possible, of course, that both are accurate; the Raiders may be concerned about Janikowski’s back and also reluctant to be on the hook for the full $4 million if he’s on the roster as of Week One, given the termination pay provision of the labor deal that allows players with four or more years of service to collect their full salary if cut after Week One.

Indeed, if the Raiders will be compelled to sign and to pay another kicker for one or more weeks, the Raiders won’t be inclined to pay Janikowski more than $235,000 per week in exchange for nothing. If, however, Janikowski is injured, a decision to cut him could spark a grievance — and a claim for the full $4 million.

Either way, look for an answer to come sooner than later.

9 responses to “Raiders kicker tryouts reportedly due to Janikowski injury

  1. Linebackers and now kickers. Does GOOO (30-50) REGGIE know what he’s doing? So glad he isn’t my teams GM.

    Reggie Mckenzie:
    Raider GM: 5 years
    Won/loss: 30-50.
    AFC West Titles: none
    Playoff appearances: 1
    Playoff record: 0-1 (lost WC game to Brock Osweiler)
    Super Bowl appearances: none
    Super Bowl wins: none

    Very strong baby, very strong!! Okie dokie, now let’s compare our good friend Reggie to another “bad guy” we know, John Elway!

    John Elway:
    Bronco GM: 6 years
    Won/loss: 67-29.
    AFC West Titles: 5
    Playoff appearances: 10
    Playoff record: 6-4
    Super Bowl appearances: 2
    Super Bowl wins: 1

    Elway also built the most prolific offense in NFL history in 2013, and then constructed the top defense in 2015, which sits among the league’s finest units in history.

    Elway also has proven talent evaluation. In his six years as an executive, Elway is the only general manager to have found Pro Bowlers in the draft, in street free agency, in unrestricted free agency and in college free agency.

    Reggie? Not so much!

  2. babygaga19, sad what a pathetic loser you are.

    Raiders 61-52-2 all time vs broncos

    Raider 3 Super Bowls without cheating the salary cap

  3. babygaga19, sad what a pathetic loser you are.

    Raiders 61-52-2 all time vs broncos

    Raider 3 Super Bowls without cheating the salary cap
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    Still living in yesterday, I see. How bout the teams head on head records for the last 30 years? Look it up. Oh wait, you would rather live in the 70’s. Denver’s salary cap violation was over 20 years ago. They got slapped with losing 2 third round draft choices. Big deal. Since then, they have been a premiere flagship team of the NFL. The Raiders? Not so much. When was the last time you won a SB, a playoff game, and AFC West division title? How many more times will your team move in the next 5 years? Nice fan support. Are the tarps going to Vegas? Your team scares nobody, especially the Broncos.

  4. babygaga19 says:
    September 5, 2017 at 3:46 pm
    babygaga19, sad what a pathetic loser you are.

    Raiders 61-52-2 all time vs broncos

    Raider 3 Super Bowls without cheating the salary cap
    _______________________________________________________________________________
    Still living in yesterday, I see. How bout the teams head on head records for the last 30 years? Look it up. Oh wait, you would rather live in the 70’s. Denver’s salary cap violation was over 20 years ago. They got slapped with losing 2 third round draft choices. Big deal. Since then, they have been a premiere flagship team of the NFL. The Raiders? Not so much. When was the last time you won a SB, a playoff game, and AFC West division title? How many more times will your team move in the next 5 years? Nice fan support. Are the tarps going to Vegas? Your team scares nobody, especially the Broncos.

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    Why would I need to look at their record the last 30 years? they both entered the league in 1960 and have been playing each other ever since. so why do you want to exclude those games? Oh that’s right then you can’t talk…lol!

    Bottom line is Broncos lucked out to get Manning cause Elway hasn’t, proven he can draft a franchise qb. Meanwhile the Raiders have theirs and plenty of other franchise players that Reggie drafted. So with out cheating the salary cap and backing into Manning how good is this franchise? Raiders don’t have those questions, they had the most wins in the NFL from 1960-2002, but keep running your mouth because you get dumber each time. like i said you’re a pathetic loser.

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