Raiders Moving on From Sebastian Janikowski After 18 Years

The 17th overall pick in 2000, the soon-to-be 40-year-old has spent his entire National Football League career with the Raiders, leading the team all time in scoring.

Tavecchio, who made $465,000 on a one-year deal, is an exclusive rights free agent who can be retained if the Raiders make a qualifying offer.

According to ESPN's Adam Schefter, the Raiders will be parting ways with Janikowski as the sweeping changes continue in Oakland.

The former Florida State standout was selected by Oakland with the No. 17 overall pick in the 2000 NFL Draft. It was the fourth player Gruden brought in through the draft during his time with the Raiders.

Janikowski took a $1 million pay cut at the end of training camp in August and made $3 million in 2017.

Janikowski maintained his role as the starting kicker on the Raiders for nearly two decades due to his ability to play consistently well from year to year. Babies who were born the day Janikowski was drafted are now finishing up their senior years of high school, having never lived through a season during which Janikowski was not a Raider. In fact, a year ago it was rumored that Janikowski, who didn't kick at all for Oakland in 2017, was on the chopping block midway through the season.

Vanessa Coleman

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