Sebastian Janikowski, whose booming kicks for the Raiders made him one of the NFLs most dominant kickers during the last two decades, has reportedly signed a one-year contract with the Seattle Seahawks.
The 40-year-old Janikowski, who was told by the Raiders two months ago he wouldnt be returning to Oakland for his 18th season, will replace now free-agent kicker Blair Walsh in Seattle.
ESPNs Adam Schefter first reported Janikowskis deal with the Seahawks.
Oakland Raiders kicker Sebastian Janikowski (11) and placeholder Marquette King (7) score a field goal in the first quarter of their NFL game against the San Diego Chargers at the Coliseum in Oakland, Calif., on Sunday, Oct. 9, 2016. (Anda Chu/Bay Area News Group) Georgio Tavecchio performed well for the Raiders this past season as a replacement for Janikowski, whose back injury forced him to miss the entire 2017 season. The Raiders and new coach Jon Gruden decided in February to move on from Janikowski, who wound up making 80.4 percent of his field goal attempts during his distinguished Raiders career. One of his most memorable kicks in Silver & Black was his then NFL record-tying 63-yard field goal in Denver in 2011.
Gruden was the Raiders coach when the big-legged kicker from Poland was Oaklands surprising first-round pick in 2000. During his tenure in Oakland, Janikowski set an NFL record with 55 field goals from 50 yards or longer.
In joining the Seahawks, Janikowski will work with a familiar face in Brian Schneider, who was the Raiders special teams coach from 2007-08.
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