Report: Sebastian Janikowski takes $1 million pay cut

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There were rumblings about a possible parting of the ways between the Raiders and kicker Sebastian Janikowski earlier this week due to the team’s desire to pay Janikowski less than the $4 million salary his contract called for him to make this season.

The team never brought in another kicker, however, and word on Wednesday night was that they’d resolved any differences that existed between them. That resolution apparently includes the change to Janikowski’s salary that the Raiders hoped to get.

Ian Rapoport of NFL Media reports that Janikowski has agreed to a $1 million pay cut in the final year of his current deal. It will be Janikowski’s 18th season with the Raiders.

Rapoport suggests that the $1 million in savings could be directed toward tackle Donald Penn, who held out through the summer in hopes of landing more money and said he had faith that he’d get a new deal from the team when he reported late in August.

27 responses to “Report: Sebastian Janikowski takes $1 million pay cut

  1. Just when you thought the Raider organization could get less classy…

    Seriously, if my team was going to leave in 2 years I’d be done. I wouldn’t wait around for 2 years. I’d move on, take back my Sundays, probably still play fantasy but I certainly would stop most rooting interest in them.

  2. There is the FIRST of many fallouts from OVERPAYING A QB in this league-Derek Carr in this case. No hate but it IS WHAT HAPPENS EVERY SINGLE TIME A QB OR other player gets ‘THE INFAMOUS MARKET’!! They in effect steal needed money from their teammates who helped make them successful. When will the NFL learn that football REALLY IS A TEAM SPORT!!!!

  3. There is the FIRST of many fallouts from OVERPAYING A QB in this league-Derek Carr in this case. No hate but it IS WHAT HAPPENS EVERY SINGLE TIME A QB OR other player gets ‘THE INFAMOUS MARKET’!!
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    Why can’t they be more like the Browns, Bears, Jets or Bills and be in a continual search for a franchise QB??….

  4. As my boss told us during lean times. You can all take a 15% pay cut or take a 100% pay cut and the company folds. In Janikowski’s case, they may have cut him.

  5. It wasn’t so much that Carr’s salary was over-the-top (though it arguably was), but that he disingenuously proclaimed he’d left money on the table for his fellow players. So Derek, where’s all this money to keep your guys? Janikowski’s $4M salary was not excessive for a top-flight kicker – Gostkowski is on $4.3M this year and Belichick is known for paying less than the market rate (Justin Tucker too is on $4.3M).

  6. This wasn’t about not being able to pay the guy, it was more about him being injured and old. There was/is a possibility he could miss time due to his back injury. Raiders wernt prepared to pay him 4 mill with games in doubt.

  7. The team he’s on now is much more talented than 3 years ago when he signed the contract. Better players = higher pay per player = less cap space for a kicker.

  8. bmorepositive123 says:
    September 7, 2017 at 11:01 am
    Just when you thought the Raider organization could get less classy…

    Seriously, if my team was going to leave in 2 years I’d be done. I wouldn’t wait around for 2 years. I’d move on, take back my Sundays, probably still play fantasy but I certainly would stop most rooting interest in them.
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    Analogy 101: if you lived in the smallest apartment in the entire complex (NFL) and it was falling apart constantly and you had a horrible roommate (A’s) and management was going to raise your rent, you’d stay?

  9. badboysgetspanked says:
    September 7, 2017 at 11:01 am
    Raiders really take care of their own. LOL.
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    12th rated kicker in the NFL last year about to make 4th rated kicker money this year. The two years prior to that he wasn’t in the top 20. See any problems?

  10. It has got to be weird to take a pay cut knowing that money will go directly to another guy that’s holding out. Donald Penn owes him a couple of whoppers with extra cheese.

  11. jonathankrobinson424 says:
    September 7, 2017 at 12:31 pm
    …must have been something in Al Davis’s WILL to keep paying him BIG TIME. No kicker is worth 4 million a year.
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    Tucker is half of the Ravens. Considering what they are paying Flacco for his portion of the other half Tucker’s $4.3M is a bargain.

  12. Carr’s extension is just that, an extension. The extension plays into this years salary as well, which was due for a little over $1mil. Essentially it’s a 6 year, $126m deal, putting him at $21m a year. $21m a year is tied for 11th in the league with Eli Manning. People are blowing his deal out of proportion. The more you know..

  13. 40th most accurate kicker in NFL history. It’s funny how many equate being a first rounder and having a big leg into being one of the best. Justin Tucker, Dan Bailey, and Stephen Gostkowski are all laughing.

  14. aarons444 says:
    September 7, 2017 at 11:14 am
    There is the FIRST of many fallouts from OVERPAYING A QB in this league-Derek Carr in this case. No hate but it IS WHAT HAPPENS EVERY SINGLE TIME A QB OR other player gets ‘THE INFAMOUS MARKET’!!
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    Why can’t they be more like the Browns, Bears, Jets or Bills and be in a continual search for a franchise QB??….

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    Well when it comes to postseason victories in the last decade they are exactly like the Browns, Jets and Bills……I’d say the Bears actually have them beat.

  15. streetyson says:
    September 7, 2017 at 11:27 am
    It wasn’t so much that Carr’s salary was over-the-top (though it arguably was), but that he disingenuously proclaimed he’d left money on the table for his fellow players. So Derek, where’s all this money to keep your guys? Janikowski’s $4M salary was not excessive for a top-flight kicker – Gostkowski is on $4.3M this year and Belichick is known for paying less than the market rate (Justin Tucker too is on $4.3M).

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    The way it worked was that it was an extension. You people take when the media says “Largest contract in history” and think that means largest cap hit. Realistically, it is not even in the top five for money per season. Carr did leave money on the table. Makes less per season that Aaron Rodgers. Is his team paying dearly for paying him?

    This has nothing to do with Carr’s contract. There is STILL money under the cap. They did not want to pay a guy who MIGHT not be available for a few games this year and he renegotiated knowing the alternative was a boot from the roster. Jano is having back issues and could barely kick a ball in practice. If they paid him the full amount you same armchair GM’s would be calling them dumb for paying him.

  16. ahostiletakeover says:
    September 7, 2017 at 12:57 pm
    40th most accurate kicker in NFL history. It’s funny how many equate being a first rounder and having a big leg into being one of the best. Justin Tucker, Dan Bailey, and Stephen Gostkowski are all laughing.

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    When Tucker, Bailey and Gostowski start getting trotted out for 60+ yard field goals talk about percentage. Jano was top 2 or 3 last year from under 40 yards. He missed 1 kick under 50 yards. When he goes 3-8 in 50+, he was not kicking from 51 or 52. he was kicking from 58 – 60. Tucker is probably the best kicker in the league. He was probably way more accurate over 50 yards than Jano last year. So what is the solution? They cut his pay accordingly and you trolls talk crap. If they don’t, you trolls say he is overpaid? Two of the three kickers you named (Tucker and Gostowski) are paid more than Jano.

  17. streetyson says:

    …so Derek where’s all this money to keep your guys? Janikowski’s $4M salary was not excessive for a top-flight kicker – Gostkowski is on $4.3M this year and Belichick is known for paying less than the market rate (Justin Tucker too is on $4.3M).”

    The money went to pay guard Gabe Jackson a $56M extension and slot receiver Seth Roberts $12M extension. Then Kahlil Mack is going to get paid huge after this season. Janikowski is 40 years old, he’s in the final year of a 4 year $15M contract. He’s having back problems and might not play week 1. Janikowski is not a top flight kicker, way too inconsistent. He’ll have a pro bowl season and then sting it up the next year. He’s not worth what Justin Tucker is making. He’s still making $3M+ this season which will probably be bhis last in Oakland.

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