ALAMEDA Sebastian Janikowskis season officially ended Tuesday, and time will tell if its the end of an era as well.
When the Raiders started the clock on cornerback Antonio Hamilton off injured reserve, it meant remaining players on I.R. Janikowski and guard Denver Kirkland would remain there for the rest of the season.
The Raiders have two weeks to activate Hamilton, but cant bring another player off injured reserve, having already brought back Obi Melifonwu. Each team can bring two players off injured reserve during a season.
Janikowski, 39, is in the final year of a renegotiated contract that pays him $3 million this season. He agreed to a salary reduction from just over $4 million just before he went on injured reserve with a back injury.
A first-round draft pick (No. 17 overall) by Al Davis in 2000, Janikowski is the Raiders all-time leader in games played with 268, in points scored with 1,799 and has an NFL record 55 field goals of 55 yards or more.
Whether the Raiders would want Janikowski back in 2018 or if Janikowski would want to return remains to be seen.
Considering his age and injury status, Janikowski is unlikely to command the type of salary hes been accustomed to in recent years. His last contract extension in 2013 was for four years and $15.1 million.
Janikowski could decide to come back and compete with a job, possibly with incumbent Giorgio Tavecchio, look for a new team or retire from the NFL.
The Raiders have been non-specific about Janikowskis back condition, with coach Jack Del Rio saying only that the kicker was mending.