Raiders put Sebastian Janikowski on injured reserve, call up Giorgio Tavecchio

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The Raiders are making a change at kicker.

Oakland’s longest-tenured player, kicker Sebastian Janikowski, has been placed on injured reserve with a back injury.

To take his place, the Raiders have signed Giorgio Tavecchio from the practice squad to the active roster.

Although he has never played in a regular-season game, the Raiders know Tavecchio well: He has been with them for the last four preseasons while Janikowski has taken a lightened workload. He’s 9-for-11 on field goals in the preseason.

Born in Italy and originally a soccer player, Tavecchio played his college football at Cal and has also had brief training camp stints with the 49ers, Packers and Lions.

28 responses to “Raiders put Sebastian Janikowski on injured reserve, call up Giorgio Tavecchio

  1. Not a fan of this guy since he was busted for GHB but he screwed himself on this. If he was injured he couldn’t be release by the start of the league year thus guaranteeing his salary for the year. Why take a pay cut?

  2. That’s not good to hear, hopefully it isn’t something too serious. Tavecchio has looked really good at times and others he has just looked in consistent, plus he’s left footed too so not much adjustment.

    At least they aren’t going with Nugent or the other cast offs.

  3. IR designated for return or out for season?

    GT better be ready to kick on Sunday.He’s like the guy in baseball who hangs around the minors for 10 years before he finally gets a shot in the big leagues.

  4. This is what happens when you cut a man’s salary by 25%, who has been with you all these years, and you decide to keep him? Another masterful move by McKenzie. Not!

  5. hexy27 says:
    September 9, 2017 at 5:35 pm
    At least they can pay the new kicker with the money they extorted from Janikowski. Good thing his QB “took less for the team”.

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    pats fan here. sick of people ripping 4 for his new deal. i dont blame him. get as much as u can. so seabass backs hurt. how is that derek carrs problem? the teams gonna do nothing if 4 isnt healthy and thinking about balling and not $$.

  6. thejetssuck2001 says:

    pats fan here. sick of people ripping 4 for his new deal. i dont blame him. get as much as u can. so seabass backs hurt. how is that derek carrs problem? the teams gonna do nothing if 4 isnt healthy and thinking about balling and not $$.

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    Carr bragged about taking less. Criticism is valid. I am not sorry this hurts your feelings.

  7. wolfiereasonedlife says:
    September 9, 2017 at 4:47 pm
    Not a fan of this guy since he was busted for GHB but he screwed himself on this. If he was injured he couldn’t be release by the start of the league year thus guaranteeing his salary for the year. Why take a pay cut?
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    So you’ve never head of the ‘waived injured’ process?

  8. Carr left money on the table? What a load. He became the highest paid qb in the NFL at the time, his career winning record is sub .500, never won a playoff game, never won a division title…………………Carr took the max he could get! At least Stafford earned his new deal.

  9. mlhigh says:
    September 9, 2017 at 6:07 pm
    This is what happens when you cut a man’s salary by 25%, who has been with you all these years, and you decide to keep him? Another masterful move by McKenzie. Not!

    You do know that all these types of moves are discussed with the owner first this has Mark Davis written all over it Reggie would have cut him

  10. homerhunter says:
    September 9, 2017 at 8:28 pm
    Carr left money on the table? What a load. He became the highest paid qb in the NFL at the time, his career winning record is sub .500, never won a playoff game, never won a division title…………………Carr took the max he could get! At least Stafford earned his new deal

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    how did stafford earn his money? whats he ever won of consequence? most of the highest paid guys have rings. rodgers flacco brees. stafford is gritty ill give him that but hes a product of supply and demand. glad he cashed in good for him, but he really hasnt earned it like those others have. and yea flacco may not be the greatest ever but you gotta admire him not shortchanging himself prior to the year his team went on to win sb and he was the sb mvp. betting on yourself is always admirable if you ask me.

  11. Stafford a least has gotten his team to the playoffs three of the last six years. The real question is, what has Carr done of consequence? Nothing. Wake me when he hits .500.

  12. Get used to this. Every top 10 player wants the biggest contract ever what with feeding their babies and all. You can’t expect someone to feed their kids on less than 100 mil can you?

  13. And to all the Raider fans that think Carr is equal to Brady and Rodgers, Carr has played against 16 playoff teams thus far and has gone 2-14 against them. Wow.

  14. Not to mention if you look at the yearly breakdown of Carr’s big contract his dollars increase drastically in the later years not like he starts off making 25 million next year I believe it starts off the first year w like 18 w a signing bonus that doesn’t count against the cap so when he’s not making 25 mil his first 2 years not counting this year where he’s making under a million so that’s 3 years where he’s taking less like he said so in those 3 years we can also sign our young core around him already starting w young stud guard Gabe Jackson drafted same year so also in contract year so he got paid. Mack was a first rd pick unlike Carr abd Gabe so he gets a 5tg yr on rookie contract so has another year after this before he hits market but w Carr making like 18 next year Mack will get his huge well deserved pay day thus up coming off-season abd year after that w Carr getting like 19 or 20 Cooper will then get paid so he did leave money not particularly on the table as he got paid handsomely as he should but left money til last 3 years of deal to sign other guys like Mack & Cooper w Kacksin already getting his after Derek this year so contract isn’t as bad as ppl say.
    And all this talk of not winning anything only now just going into his 4th season turning around a raiders franchise which everyone abd I mean everyone made into the laughing stick of the league is greatness just in itself. It’s the same as if he did it w the team the Browns or Jets now have. I guess Carr should’ve done more than take his team to the playoffs before a season ending broken leg. Should’ve done more than get Oakland it’s first winning record in a decade in only his 3rd year. Maybe he shoukd have 3 super bowl rings in his 3 years in the league. Are all you ppl going to make the same argument when Marcus Marriota and Winston abd all these other young up coming stud QB’s get even more money than Carr got. Not to mention when the veterans who have won rings like Rodgers although just one abd a while since that or Matt Ryan who finally had a good post season forcfurst time in his career all get better contracts than Carr. Again he had highest contract in the league for what 2 months then passed by Stafford who’s been in the league 3 times longer already had a 100 million dollar rookie deal followed by a 3 year 60 mil deal now another 135 million and hasn’t won a single playoff game in a decade while having the best WR of this generation. The contracts for QB’s abd rightfully so as they are the team abd you can’t do a thing w/o them are getting bigger and bigger and I guarantee halfway tgru Derek’s deal he’ll be in middle of pack and maybe considered under paid it just so haooebed he was first. Even Cousins next year is due to cash in and make more than Carr abd Staffird does he deserve it. Did Flacco deserve his huge deal off of one super bowl and hasn’t done a thing yet. Carr is coming off his 3rd year only in league. Is still making under a million dollars this year something like 650,000 on his rookie deal so after this year he has 5 years to earn his money and q the way he and way he has his team progressing especially taken into account where the Raiders were at before he got there I got one think he’s well worth the investment and god forbid we didn’t pay him and let him walk we’d be getting killed by everyone troll on internet talking about how bad his big deal is. U notice but one person or analyst on tv ever says we got fleeced in the deal or Carr was greedy abd killed our capakl they do is praise him. I think most ppl on here just wish they had a 25 year old qb w future Carr has ahead of him abd are all just haters

  15. September 9, 2017 at 5:14 pm
    IR designated for return or out for season?

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    This distinction no longer exists. You can bring up to 2 players back from IR. No advance designation need be made.

  16. There goes that’s at least 2 wins. Many of the games the Raiders won last year were because of the ability to kick 50+ field goals on a consistent basis. good luck to both parties

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