Raiders officially bid farewell to Sebastian Janikowski

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The Oakland Raiders have moved on from kicker Sebastian Janikowski, after a relationship that lasted a full generation.

“The Raider Nation salutes Sebastian Janikowski as the sun sets on his illustrious career with the Oakland Raiders,” owner Mark Davis said in a statement. “He joined the team as a surprise first-round pick in the 2000 draft and finishes his time in Oakland as one of the greatest or perhaps the greatest kicker in pro football history. His powerful left leg produced an NFL-record 55 field goals of 50-or-more yards.

“The motto ‘Once a Raider, Always a Raider’ has never been more true as his 18-year career makes him the longest-tenured player in Raiders history. Sebastian, his wife, Lori, and their three children will always be a loved and treasured part of the Raiders family.”

Janikowski didn’t play at all in 2017 due to a back injury, allowing the team to move on to Giorgio Tavecchio, who is far younger and cheaper. Janikowski exits Oakland with 1,799 points, eleventh on the all-time scoring list.

18 responses to “Raiders officially bid farewell to Sebastian Janikowski

  1. Kickers are the best position football has to quantify “WAR” like baseball. I’m curious, in the last 19 years how many games has each of the franchises lost due to kicking mistakes or misses. I know its trivial at this point, but I wouldn’t be surprised if an all time great like seabass has a positive WAR of around 12-15 wins. I’d say that’s definitely worth a 1st rounder

  2. Seems ridiculous now to draft a kicker in the first round, but it was not a shock when he was taken by the Raiders. Janikowski was a big deal coming out of Florida State.

  3. 44th all time in FG%. Next up: Nick Folk. Janikowski has always had a HUGE leg, so no kick was outside of his reach, but he wasn’t close to the best of his era, much less an all time great, much less the best kicker ever. Very nice career so far, though.

  4. redsoxu571 says:

    February 15, 2018 at 1:15 pm

    44th all time in FG%. Next up: Nick Folk. Janikowski has always had a HUGE leg, so no kick was outside of his reach, but he wasn’t close to the best of his era, much less an all time great, much less the best kicker ever. Very nice career so far, though.
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    Just curious, what was his average attempt length? Also, he played on the worst “field” in the league (also: solider field and Miami)

  5. hate to see him go because im not sold on Tavecchio what so ever. that dude missed some easy kicks this last season that cost the raiders games. but Jano was due to make to much money and hasnt been able to stay healthy…. wish he took a pay cut and stayed.

  6. I did some rough math. The only stats I used were what nfl.com had (so I only had totals of 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, and 50+).

    I used 25, 35, 45, and 55 as averages for each category.

    What I came up with was that Sea Bass’s average attempt was 1.8589 yards (5.5 feet)longer than Nick Folk. In addition, they had nearly identical XP %s (Folk missed 2 this year while kicking from a longer distance).

    Other things to consider: Folk was kicking in a dome (dallas) or in New Jersey where their stadium is a completely closed 360 degree donut (no wind tunnels like Lincoln Financial field for example).

    Sea Bass continued to be kicking at the same rate as Folks despite being older while standing 2 yards further back.

    Nick Folk in his oldest aged year (2017, duh, he was 33) and kicking outdoors (bucs) kicked 4/9 field goes from 30+ yards out.

    When Sea Bass was 33 (2012) he went a perfect 24/24 from 49 yards and closer. He was a perfect 25/25 on the close range XPs, and he was 6/9 from beyond 50.

    None of this is to trash Nick Folk, I actually think quite highly of the guy and rooted for him when he was a Jet. But please, do not put their names in the same sentence again without at last glancing at the numbers

  7. There is no reason he cannot still play IF his back is healed. The Vikings love to sign Veteran Kickers and they are looking. He would be kicking indoors so that would be a huge plus. He has always had a huge leg so even tho he is a bit older, he still has the leg of most younger players.

  8. I’d like to see him retire and become the new version of Jim Otto, always sitting in the box near Davis.

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