Raiders part ways with long-time kicker Sebastian Janikowski

Raiders part ways with long-time kicker Sebastian Janikowski

The former Florida State standout was selected by Oakland with the No. 17 overall pick in the 2000 NFL Draft. And through the 2017 National Football League season, they were the only players selected in the 2000 draft who still played for their original teams.

This move was not a surprise, as Janikowski is 40 years old and missed all of 2017 with a back injury, but for fans of a certain age, it's oddly kind of sad.

The Raiders told Sebastian Janikowski they do not intend to bring him back next season, ESPN reported Wednesday, parting ways with their longest-tenured player after 18 years. However, both Lechler and Janikowski soon will be free agents, so it's possible neither play next season - meaning Brady would be the only active member of the 2000 class.

Janikowski maintained his role as the starting kicker on the Raiders for nearly two decades due to his ability to play consistently well from year to year.


Tavecchio made $465,000 last season on a one-year deal compared to Janikowski's $3 million (after a $1 million pay cut).

His last appearance came in the team's second preseason game in August.

Giorgio Tavecchio, 27, replaced Janikowski this past season and made 16 of 21 field-goal attempts, including a long of 53 yards.

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