Oakland Raiders to Release Longtime Kicker Sebastian Janikowski

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He would have preferred to remain with the Raiders, reuniting with coach Jon Gruden - who drafted him 17th overall in 2000 out of Florida State. Sebastian Janikowski's time with the Raiders is set to be over according to Adam Schefter.

The 40-year-old New England Patriots quarterback, as we all know, was taken with the 199th pick in the 2000 NFL Draft.

Tom Brady now stands alone.

Sebastian Janikowski can hit the open market next month, bringing his 18-year run with the Oakland Raiders to a close.

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

The former Florida State kicker is the Raiders' all-time leading scorer with 1,799 points, 11th in National Football League history. Denver's Matt Prater broke that record with a 64-yarder in 2013.

Tavecchio made $465,000 last season on a one-year deal compared to Janikowski's $3 million (after a $1 million pay cut). Many teams went through multiple kickers during last season. Janikowski spent the season on injured reserve. Tavecchio is an exclusive rights free agent and can be retained with a qualifying offer. The man also known as Seabass built up his reputation over the years by being a threat to kick field goals from 50 yards or more.

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