Sebastian Janikowski
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The Seattle Seahawks have longtime Oakland Raiders kicker Sebastian Janikowski on Friday to a one-year contract. Adam Schefter shared the news of the signing on Twitter.

Janikowski was released by the Raiders in February, leaving him to find a new home since being drafted by the Raiders 17th overall in the 2000 NFL Draft. He is one of three active players remaining in the league from the 2000 NFL Draft, with New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady and Houston Texans punter Shane Lechler being the other two.

Janikowski, who is 40 years-old, will compete with the 26-year-old Jason Myers for the starting job in Seattle. Myers has spent the past three seasons with the Jacksonville Jaguars.

During his career, Janikowski has nailed 80.4 percent of his field-goal attempts and 98.9 percent of his extra-point tries. Without a doubt, Janikowski will go down as one of the greatest kickers in NFL history and, alongside another legendary kicker in Adam Vinatieri, will find himself in the NFL Hall of Fame one day.

The Raiders will begin the 2018 season after going through a few changes. They hired Jon Gruden as head coach to replace Jack Del Rio and will look to improve on what many saw as a disappointing 2017-2018 campaign. The Raiders finished 6-10 and fell out of the playoffs after coming into the season as favorites to win the AFC West.

The Seahawks have signed a solid kicker who seems to have a little left in the tank. It was never a matter of if, but when someone would jump on the opportunity to have Janikowski on their roster.


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