Kicker Sebastian Janikowski, the Raiders’ all-time scoring leader, has been informed by the team they are parting ways.
The Raiders released the following statement:
“The Raider Nation salutes Sebastian Janikowski as the sun sets on his illustrious career with the Oakland Raiders. 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 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” – Mark Davis
End of an Era
Janikowski, affectionately known as SeaBass by fans, has been a fixture on the Raiders’ roster this entire millennium. Originally drafted 17th overall in the 2000 NFL Draft, his departure leaves long snapper Jon Condo as the last remaining player from the Al Davis era. Even then, Condo’s future is in doubt, as he is set to become a free agent March 14.
Last season, a back issue forced the Raiders to put Janikowski on Injured Reserve. Because of that, Giorgio Tavecchio, a longtime camp kicker, performed all the place-kicking duties. Tavecchio started strong, but, like the team in general, underperformed down the stretch.
Janikowski, who scored a team-record 1,799 points, finishes his Raiders career with an 80.4 percent accuracy, 414 field goals and the most field goals made over 60 (2) and 50 yards (55).
The Raiders are expected to tender an offer to Tavecchio. However, outside competition could be brought in.