The Oakland Raiders are parting ways with their first-round pick… from 17 years ago.
ESPN’s Adam Schefter is reporting that the Raiders have informed longtime kicker Sebastian Janikowski that they will part ways with him after 17 years.
Raiders informed kicker Sebastian Janikowski today that they do not plan to bring him back for the 2018 season, per source. An 18-year run with Raiders comes to an end.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) February 14, 2018
The former Florida State kicker is the Raiders’ all-time leading scorer with 1,799 points, 11th in NFL history. The move is less shocking after he was put on the injured reserve last season after being hurt and rookie Giorgio Tavecchio coming off to a good start.
Iconic owner Al Davis drafted “Seabass” with the 17th overall selection in the 2000 NFL Draft when Jon Gruden was in his third year of his first tenure with the Silver & Black.
Janikowski will be 40 years old by the beginning of training camp but has shown plenty of leg in recent years. He will now have the opportunity to join whatever team he wants to as an unrestricted free agent.