One of the premier kickers of this century has 18 years in the NFL to his credit, and apparently, Sebastian Janikowski wants to kick for a 19th. The question is: who, if anyone, wants him right now?
He turned 40 in March and some wondered if he would try to play in 2018. Well Adam Schefter of ESPN has the latest:
Former Raiders' kicker Sebasitan Janikowski is scheduled to fly Tuesday to Seattle to meet with the Seahawks, per source.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) April 9, 2018
The Seahawks are one of numerous teams, who have struggled over the last two seasons to find a kicking solution. Seattle has moved on from their 2017 kicker Blair Walsh. They currently have former Jaguars kicker Jason Myers signed to a non-guaranteed deal, but obviously Pete Carroll is looking over all the options.
Janikowski was controversially drafted in the first round by the late owner/GM Al Davis in 2000, and after a rocky start, ended up making 80% of his field goals (414-515) in his Raiders tenure.
However, in the lead up to the season last year he was suffering from back problems during training camp, and Oakland decided to put him on injured reserve. Then, they went with another left footed kicker in rookie Giorgio Tavecchio, who made 16-21 field goals on the year for the Raiders last season.
Another team in the state where Janikowski played his college ball, the Dolphins, might also have some interest in the veteran.
Currently, Miami doesn’t have a kicker on their roster.
This is after they let 2017 kicker Cody Parkey test free agency, and he promptly signed a four year $15 million deal with $9 million guaranteed with the Bears. Parkey was 21-23 (90%) on field goals for the Fins, including 14-14 inside of 40 yards.
Janikowski’s age and health could scare the Dolphins (and others) off. That remains to be seen.
Miami will likely bring in at least one or more kickers for the off season on non-guaranteed deals to compete, and Janikowski could be one of those.
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