Sebastian Janikowski still on roster, guaranteeing him $238,235 of his salary

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Sebastian Janikowski remains on the Raiders’ roster, thus guaranteeing the kicker $283,235, or 1/17th of his $4.05 million salary, according to Vic Tafur of The Athletic SF. The Raiders face a Saturday 4 p.m. ET deadline to release Janikowski or guarantee the rest of his salary.

Janikowski was at the team facility Tuesday but declined comment to reporters.

ESPN’s Adam Schefter first reported the Raiders and their 2000 first-round pick are at odds over Janikowski’s salary for 2017. Oakland wants him to take a pay cut.

The Raiders worked out kickers Mike Nugent, Josh Lambo and Marshall Koehn on Monday. They waived kicker Giorgio Tavecchio on Saturday.

Whether the workouts were due to Janikowski’s back or trying to put the squeeze on him, the Raiders obviously have a Plan B if need be.

32 responses to “Sebastian Janikowski still on roster, guaranteeing him $238,235 of his salary

  1. That’s a lot of money for a kicker but I have to say throughout his career he has always been a money kicker. He isn’t one of those guys who chokes on a big kick or when the game is on the line or goes through stretches where he misses several kicks over a short span and he has a cannon for a leg. Worth it if you ask me. I’d keep him.

  2. Mike Nugent career FG% – 80.8
    Mike Nugent 2014-2016 – 72/90, 80.0% (but only 2 for 9 from 50+)

    Josh Lambo – 81.3% in his 2 seasons (4 of 8 from 50+)

    Seabass career FG% – 80.4
    Seabass 2014-2016 – 69/83, 83.1% (10 of 18 from 50+)

    Hard to justify Seabass being worth $3mil more than those other 2.

  3. There aren’t many Raiders to be proud of over the last decade plus but Janikowski is definitely one of them. I hope this guy gets to stay in silver and black until he retires

  4. Lone survivor of the last superbowl – still excellent at his job. You have the cap room, fix the ILB first.
    Let’s not create a problem we don’t have.

  5. He’s the highly drafted kicker the Bucs hoped Roberto Aguayo would be.
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    He’s 19th among 22 active kickers that qualify in FG%.

    I am a big FSU fan, and a big fan of this guy, but there is no way on earth that 1st round pick can be justfied.

    .. Mason Crosby is right behind him at 20, 2 100ths behind, he was a 6th rounder.

  6. finsguy says:
    September 5, 2017 at 5:47 pm

    That’s a lot of money for a kicker but I have to say throughout his career he has always been a money kicker. He isn’t one of those guys who chokes on a big kick or when the game is on the line or goes through stretches where he misses several kicks over a short span and he has a cannon for a leg. Worth it if you ask me. I’d keep him.

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    That couldn’t be more wrong. I’ve watched virtually every Raider game during Janikowski’s career and there have been too many games where he whiffed on late game chip-shots that could’ve tied or won games.

  7. SeaBass 26/27 on kicks 49 yards or less and 3/8 on 50 yards + field goals. His misses usually happen in a games where he misses 2 FGs, usually has one of those a year. Raiders were upset that Penn held out not honoring a contract he signed. Whats the difference when the team doesn’t want to honor their part of the contract. Pay SeaBass what you signed him for and after this year either re sign him or replace him. He has earned that as a long time Raider.

  8. I can understand a team asking a player to take a pay cut if they are not living up to expectations. But he’s a kicker. He either makes them or he doesn’t. The team wants to keep him (something no team does when a kicker starts to struggle) so clearly his ability isn’t an issue. The team gave him that contract. He’s holding up his end of it so the team should hold up to there end of it.

  9. Smart…kickers aren’t important to get to a Super Bowl. DelRio probably learned that being around Matt Stover

  10. Jano’s record would undoubtedly be better had he played all his home games in a domed stadium instead of having to kick off the Oakland A’s dirt infield with the Bay Area wind. As another poster noted, however, he hasn’t been infallible on big kicks, He hasn’t missed many, but nevertheless, not perfect either. Today’s question is whether his back problem will allow him to make those kicks this year.

  11. Realistically isn’t he as good now as would have been predicted when BOTH sides signed his contract? Pay the man. If you don’t want to pay that much for a kicker then maybe don’t offer up a contract that says you will.

  12. Cannon for a leg but he’s not really any more clutch than any other kicker out there. He was missing a lot once Shane Lechler left the team.

    Not dissing the guy but something was wrong last year.

    He went 3 of 8 from 50+
    Missed a total of 6 during the year
    He missed two extra point tries in week 16 against the Colts.

    Either way that’s not what you expect from a four million dollar kicker.

  13. Take the pay cut Janny if you want to stay a Raider, but the writing is on the wall: you are gone for sure next year. It’s the nature of the business. This year is a pay cut, next year is just the cut.

    If you take the cut this year: Stay a Raider and retire a Raider; maybe they give you another a year, but doubtful.
    Not taking the cut this year: They cut you on Thursday/Friday and bring in a younger leg. Then you’ll have to play the FA game and suit up for another team.

  14. Cutting him would be bad Karma. He’s the last Raider from the 2002 Superbowl, he needs to go out a champion, and will by hitting the winning FG in February !

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