Veteran kicker Sebastian Janikowski will not return to Raiders

Raiders aren't keeping Janikowski

Raiders aren't keeping Janikowski

The Raiders told Sebastian Janikowski they do not intend to bring him back next season, ESPN reported Wednesday, parting ways with their longest-tenured player after 18 years.

But with the Raiders deciding to go in a different direction, he will instead become a free agent. Oakland selected Janikowski out of Florida State with the 17th overall pick in the 2000 NFL Draft.

However, if Janikowski signs, he likely does so with the expectation that he's the only kicker and will be that when the regular season starts.

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 20-something NFL-watchers literally can not remember a league that did not feature Janikowski kicking for Oakland. His replacement, the younger Giorgio Tavecchio, made 76.2 percent of his field goals and 33 of 34 extra points. But he ended up on injured reserve in September with a back injury.

In June, Janikowski was asked how long he wanted to kick for the Raiders.

In the Raiders' 2011 season opener at Denver, Janikowski tied what was then the record for the longest field goal in National Football League history: 63 yards, equaling a mark shared by Tom Dempsey and Jason Elam.

On his career, Janikowski made 414 out 515 of his field goals, with a healthy 80 percent made.

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