Once a Raider, always a Raider.
After 13 seasons with the Oakland Raiders, kicker Sebastian Janikowski has signed a four-year, $15.2 million extension on Friday that will keep him with the silver and black through 2017.
Janikowski was still under contract with the Raiders through 2013 and was owed $3.8 million this upcoming season. With the new deal in place, the veteran kicker will receive $19 million over the next five years.
Heading into his 35-year-old campaign, Janikowski is coming off another strong season in Oakland. Last year, he connected on 91.2 percent of his field goals (the best percentage of his career). All three of his misses came from beyond 50 yards.
In 2012, Janikowski tied Tom Dempsey’s record for the longest kick in NFL history when he nailed a 63-yarder, so there’s no question that he still has the leg strength to get the job done.
Throughout his career, Janikowski has made 324 of his 402 field goal attempts with eight blocked. He’s arguably one of the most consistent kickers in the NFL and has given the Raiders a reliable leg whenever they need one. It seemed like a hefty price to pay at the time, but Janikowski was well worth the first-round pick back in 2000.
Janikowski may be without his punting partner Shane Lechler for the first time since entering the league, but is set for another big season as Oakland’s most reliable offensive weapon.
It appears that Janikowski will spend the rest of his career with the Raiders.