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Raiders longtime kicker Sebastian Janikowski informed he won't be brought back

Raiders longtime kicker Sebastian Janikowski informed he won't be brought back

One is punter Shane Lechler, who also was drafted by Oakland and played the past five seasons with the Texans.

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.

Kicker Sebastian Janikowski was told on Wednesday that the Oakland Raiders will not bring him back for a 19th season, ESPN reported. The other is New England quarterback Tom Brady, who just played in his eighth Super Bowl. For his career, he possesses an 80.4 percent accuracy mark for field goals.

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An Oakland Raider mainstay for nearly two decades is a Raider no more. He also is tied with a few other National Football League players for the second longest field goal ever made at 63 yards. He ranks 10th overall in field goals made and 12th in attempts.

Last season, Janikowski agreed to take a million-dollar pay cut and then dealt with a back issue which cost him the entire season. Many teams went through multiple kickers during last season. He was placed on injured reserve the day before the season opener.

In 2016, Janikowski made 29-of-35 field goals (82.9 percent) and 37-of-39 extra points (94.9 percent). The Raiders can tender Tavecchio, who is an exclusive-rights free agent, a contract offer when free agency begins March 14.


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