Sebastian Janikowski may have played his last game with the Raiders

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The Raiders designated cornerback Antonio Hamilton as their second player eligible to return from injured reserve on Tuesday, which means that other players on injured reserve are definitely out for the rest of the year.

That group includes kicker Sebastian Janikowski, who was placed on the list ahead of the team’s first game of the season due to a back injury. Giorgio Tavecchio has made 12-of-15 field goals and 25-of-26 extra points since taking over the role.

Janikowski’s season is definitely over and his long run in Oakland may be over as well. Janikowski is set for free agency after the season and his spot on the Raiders roster this year was uncertain until he took a $1 million pay cut just before winding up on injured reserve.

Janikowski was the Raiders’ first-round pick in 2000 and is the franchise’s leader in games played. He’s also the NFL’s all-time leader in field goals of 55 or more yards.

14 responses to “Sebastian Janikowski may have played his last game with the Raiders

  1. Seabass grew up when he hit the NFL and he’s been awesome for the Raiders for so long.

    Remember when they all laughed at Al Davis for spending a #1 pick on him?

    I’ve seen much less productivity from #1’s elsewhere.

    All the best to Seabass.

  2. This guy is a football player, who kicks the ball.

    If the Raiders let him go…..it just shows that this defunct franchise who is leaving Oakland, just doesn’t have a clue.

    I hate the Raiders, but this is a guy I respected.

  3. Kickers have great longevity. If his injury issue is not serious, and he maintains his accuracy, we may not have seen the last of him 🙂 Kickers can make or break a team, and as we have seen over the years, some get in a funk and lose games for their team!! He may be picked up by another team 🙂 Frankly, I never understood why kickers do not get more respect 😦

  4. @ Brendafortheboyz

    seeing as they’re just one of two on a team that actually make meaningful contact with the ball with their feet in a game you lot call football, I think you maybe onto something.

  5. jsuch2 says:
    November 29, 2017 at 8:38 am
    SeaBass can come replace Walsh next year.

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    Don’t give up; Blair is working with Chuck Knoblauch, they’ll get it fixed!

  6. I’m not at all sorry to see Janikowski go. He had some great years and connected on several long FGs, but he also had some horrible years and missed chip-shots in clutch situations.

    I’m convinced that the main reason that Janikowski lasted as long as he did with the Raiders was that Al Davis wanted to prove that he didn’t make a mistake by spending a 1st rounder on him. Shane Lechler in the 5th round of the same 2000 draft was much more valuable to the Raiders.

  7. rideforjesus says:
    November 29, 2017 at 8:01 am
    This guy is a football player, who kicks the ball.

    If the Raiders let him go…..it just shows that this defunct franchise who is leaving Oakland, just doesn’t have a clue.

    I hate the Raiders, but this is a guy I respected.
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    Or just how things have changed. In that they have a player that is playing well in his place that is less expensive. Is he Seabass? No, but he has played well. The Raiders need help at just about every position on Defense besides 1CB (Conley) and where ever Mack (who is due for a contract) is playing. If they fix one spot using savings from Jano’s contract that’s smart. Especially when you consider that there really hasn’t been a huge dropoff between Jano and the new kid.

  8. Where there is smoke, there is fire Per Roger Goodell’s Article 46:

    Gary Peterson of the Contra Costa Times reports Oakland Raiders kicker Sebastian Janikowski has been charged with misdemeanor battery and false imprisonment against a woman in an incident alleged to have occurred last year, according to Contra Costa Superior Court documents. Circumstances are unclear. The alleged victim, Syrena Nicholson, did not return messages left on her phone. The Raiders, who flew to Buffalo on Friday for Sunday’s game against the Bills, were unavailable for comment. What is known comes from court documents in which Nicholson, 36, alleges Janikowski “did unlawfully violate (her) personal liberty” and “did willfully and unlawfully use force and violence upon (her) person” in Walnut Creek on Sept. 24, 2010 — one day before Janikowski and the Raiders flew to Arizona for a game against the Cardinals. No arrest was made at the time; Nicholson, a Berkeley woman, filed her complaint after the fact.

  9. Seabass grew up when he hit the NFL and he’s been awesome for the Raiders for so long.

    Remember when they all laughed at Al Davis for spending a #1 pick on him?

    I’ve seen much less productivity from #1’s elsewhere.
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    Wasted first round pick, Joey. Another kicker could have made at least 85% of the kicks your boy made. How many Super Bowls did he win?

  10. I am a Raiders fan and most of you need to stop with these Silver and Black colored glasses already. Sebas had a couple great years, a few good years, a lot of average/below average years and a few really really bad years. He ranks 44th all time in kick percentage and 22nd out of active kickers. He was the 2nd highest paid kicker in the league coming into this year. He’s always had a sledgehammer for a leg, but when his accuracy is off, he’s way off. The average field goal percentage in 2016 was 83%, his career average is 80%.

    Stop making him into something that he’s not.

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