Sebastian Janikowski’s NFL career isn’t finished yet. The veteran kicker signed a two-year contract with the Seattle Seahawks on Friday, the team announced.
Janikowski, 40, played his entire 18-year career with the Oakland Raiders but missed all of last season with a back injury. In 2016, he converted 82.9% of his field goal attempts.
The 40-year-old Florida State product connected on 80.4 percent of his 515 field-goal attempts with the Raiders, including 55 percent of his kicks from beyond 50 yards. His 1,799 points and 268 games are both franchise records.
Janikowski told Jerry McDonald of the Bay Area News Group in February he was back to full strength and wanted to keep playing.
“I’ve been kicking since Week 8 last year,” he said. “I’m doing more than I usually do this time of year. I usually wait until the beginning of April. Hopefully it will be a new beginning, a new city. I’ve got some goals to accomplish and I love what I do. I miss it.”
In all, he ranked third among kickers in Approximate Value during his time with the Raiders behind only Adam Vinatieri and Phil Dawson, according to Pro Football Reference.
Seeing Janikowski kick in a uniform other than Oakland’s trademark silver and black is going to take awhile to get used to for longtime NFL fans. That said, he wasn’t prepared to enter retirement and the Seahawks gave him a chance to extend his career.
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He became one of the most well-known kickers in NFL history because of his on-field success as well as his atypical build (6-foot-1, 260 pounds) and his history of run-ins with the law while at Florida State and in Oakland. The most recent came in 2011, when Janikowski was charged with misdemeanor battery and false imprisonment stemming from a 2010 incident involving an alleged victim who was a female. Among his other legal scrapes was a 2002 DUI charge.
Coach Pete Carroll said at the scouting combine that the Seahawks would likely bring in another kicker to compete with Myers, whom they had signed to a futures contract after the season. The 26-year-old Myers spent parts of three seasons with the Jacksonville Jaguars, who released him last October.
Janikowski has a connection to the Seahawks’ staff in special-teams coordinator Brian Schneider. He held the same job with the Raiders in 2007 and 2008.
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