Sebastian Janikowski Won't Return to Raiders After 18 Seasons, Hits Free Agency

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Raiders aren't keeping Janikowski

Janikowski was replaced by kicker Giorgio Tavecchio previous year when a back injury kept him on injured reserve throughout the season.

After 18 seasons in Oakland, the silver and black have chose to part ways with kicker Sebastian Janikowski.

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Giorgio Tavecchio, 27, replaced Janikowski this past season and made 16 of 21 field-goal attempts, with a long of 53, and missed only one of his 34 extra-point tries.

"He plans on getting another job", agent Paul Healy said, via the Las Vegas Review-Journal.

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Tavecchio, who made $465,000 on a one-year deal, is an exclusive rights free agent who can be retained if the Raiders make a qualifying offer. He turns 40 on March 2.

The left-footed Janikowski has 1,799 points, including 414 field goals, both ranking 10th in National Football League history. His 268 regular-season games played and 1,799 points scored are franchise records. Only a few days later he was placed on injured reserve. He filled in nicely, going 16/21 on field goals for the season. Then-coach Jack Del Rio said Janikowski's back still ailed him. 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.

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There was some thought that new coach Jon Gruden might give Janikowski another chance since he was Oakland's coach when Janikowski was drafted and for his first two seasons.

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