Raiders inform Sebastian Janikowski he won't be brought back


Raiders inform Sebastian Janikowski he won't be brought back

Tom Brady is about to be the only player from 2000 2001 and 2002 draft still with his original team

Tom Brady is about to be the only player from 2000 2001 and 2002 draft still with his original team

ESPN's Adam Schefter reported this news on Wednesday. Janikowski was drafted by the Raiders from Florida State in the first round in 2000, during Gruden's first stint as head coach.

The left-footed Janikowski has 1,799 points, including 414 field goals, both ranking 10th in National Football League history.

Brady and Janikowski aren't the only players from the 2000 class who still are active, though, as 41-year-old Houston Texans punter Shane Lechler - who the Raiders selected in the fifth round - still is doing his thing.

The move is not surprising considering Janikowski sat out the entire 2017 season with a back injury. He played in a franchise-record 268 games in 18 seasons.

His last appearance came in the team's second preseason game in August.

Giorgio Tavecchio, 27, replaced Janikowski this past season and made 16 of 21 field-goal attempts, with a long of 53, and missed only one of his 34 extra-point tries. Tavecchio is an exclusive rights free agent and can be retained with a qualifying offer.

With that said, Janikowski could definitely help and given his long-time reputation as a kicker with a big leg who can drill the ball from anywhere on the field, he might be worth a look for the Giants for the 2018 season.