Sebastian Janikowski
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1 week ago

The Seahawks signed Janikowski to a one-year contract Friday, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.

EDGE Analysis

The Raiders' all-time leading scorer by a wide margin, Janikowski's tenure with the team came to an abrupt halt last season, when a contract dispute was followed by a back injury that kept him on IR all year. He was fairly efficient in the three previous seasons, connecting on at least 80 percent of his field-goal attempts on each occasion. Moreover, he nailed 75 of 78 extra-point tries from the longer distance introduced in 2015. Upon his arrival in Seattle, Janikowski will compete with Jason Myers for the place-kicking job.

Sebastian Janikowski
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2 weeks ago

Janikowski has a visit scheduled with the Seahawks on Tuesday, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.

EDGE Analysis

In the days leading up to the 2017 season, Janikowski engaged in a contract dispute with the Raiders. While a resolution was reached during Week 1 prep, he suddenly landed on IR one day before the opener due to a disc injury in his back. He remained there the rest of the year as Giorgio Tavecchio handled place-kicking duties and was eventually jettisoned this offseason after 18 campaigns with the organization. The meeting with the Seahawks will mark Janikowski's second since that point - he also met with the Chargers "a few weeks ago," per Eric D. Williams of ESPN.com. If Janikowski lands a deal with the Seahawks, he'll compete for the kicking job with Jason Myers, who signed a reserve/future contract with the club in January.

Sebastian Janikowski
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2 months ago

Janikowski's agent said Wednesday that his client is over the back injury that sidelined him in 2017 and intends to play during the upcoming season, Michael Gehlken of the Las Vegas Review-Journal reports.

EDGE Analysis

Janikowski's 18-year tenure with the Raiders will officially come to an end March 14, when the soon-to-be 40-year-old hits unrestricted free agent after the organization informed him Wednesday that he wouldn't be retained next season. The 2000 first-round selection had been at risk of losing his roster spot ahead of the 2017 campaign in favor of Giorgio Tavecchio, but Janikowski's back injury allowed the Raiders to stash him on injured reserve and delay parting ways with the franchise scoring leader. With extended time off to recuperate, it sounds like Janikowski is back to full health, but the kicker could face a cool reception in free agency. In addition to his advanced age, Janikowski was below average in terms of accuracy in 2015 and 2016, converting 50 of 61 field-goal tries (82 percent) and missing three extra-point attempts during that span.

Sebastian Janikowski
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2 months ago

Janikowski (back) was informed by the Raiders on Wednesday that he will be released, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.

EDGE Analysis

Janikowski has played for the Raiders his entire 18-year career, so this marks an end of an era for the 39-year-old kicker. An ailing back costed him the entire 2017 campaign, which along with the emergence of fellow kicker Giorgio Tavecchio, played a large part in his release. There's certainly a chance Janikowski fields offers elsewhere as long as he's deemed healthy ahead of the upcoming season, so look for him to potentially resurface with a new team this offseason.

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5 months ago

Janikowski (back) won't return this season, Michael Gehlken of the Las Vegas Review-Journal reports.

EDGE Analysis

Having used one of their designated-to-return spots to activate rookie safety Obi Melifonwu from injured reserve on Nov. 4, the Raiders tabbed Antonio Hamilton (knee) for the other Tuesday. Janikowski will thus remain on IR for the rest of the 2017 season as he recovers from an injured disc in his back. In his absence, Giorgio Tavecchio will handle kicking duties for the final five games of the campaign.

Sebastian Janikowski
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7 months ago

Janikowski will not require surgery on the injured disc in his back, and he could return in eight weeks, according to Ian Rapoport of NFL.com.

EDGE Analysis

Janikowski was surprisingly placed on injured reserve Saturday after initially being listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the Titans. The possibility that he could return is a plus for the Raiders, though with only two opportunities to use the IR-return designation, it's unclear if they would use it on him.

Sebastian Janikowski
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7 months ago

Janikowski (back) was placed on injured reserve Saturday, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.

EDGE Analysis

Janikowski was listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the Titans, but the move still comes as a bit of a surprise after Janikowski was able to practice throughout the week on a limited basis. Oakland signed Giorgio Tavecchio off their practice squad to fill in for the veteran, and will make his first ever regular season appear against the Titans on Sunday.

Sebastian Janikowski
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7 months ago

Janikowski (back), who was limited at practice all week, is listed as questionable for Sunday's season opener against the Titans.

EDGE Analysis

Janikowski remains the only kicker on the Raiders' 53-man roster, but the team has added insurance in advance of Sunday's contest in the form of Giorgio Tavecchio, who was added to the team's practice squad Friday. Looking ahead, the most telling sign with regard to any sort of doubt regarding Janikowski's Week 1 status would of course be a move this weekend to promote Tavecchio to the active roster.

Sebastian Janikowski
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7 months ago

Janikowski (back) was limited at practice Thursday.

EDGE Analysis

A restructured contract ensures that Janikowski will remain with the Raiders, but the veteran kicker's limitations at practice this week are a bit concerning in advance of Sunday's season opener against the Titans. Per the San Jose Mercury News, if Janikowski is unavailable in Week 1, the team could, in the short term, turn to another kicker such as Giorgio Tavecchio, Josh Lambo, Mike Nugent or Marshall Koehn.

Sebastian Janikowski
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7 months ago

Janikowski (back) and the Raiders reworked his contract and it will not an issue heading into Week 1 against the Titans, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.

EDGE Analysis

Janikowski had two things potentially holding him out of Week 1, but now one of the two has officially put behind him. A lingering back problem kept him limited at Wednesday's practice, so it's worth monitoring his practice status throughout the week and his official designation for the contest, which will arrive Saturday.