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Oakland Raiders say Sebastian Janikowski won’t return for 2018 season

The Oakland Raiders informed Sebastian Janikowski on Wednesday that they do not plan to bring him back for the 2018 season, a source told ESPN’s Adam Schefter, meaning the longtime kicker will become an unrestricted free agent.

Janikowski was a first-round draft pick (17th overall) of the team in 2000 out of Florida State. Raiders owner Al Davis made the decision to select him, with then-coach Jon Gruden favoring either receiver Sylvester Morris or running back Shaun Alexander.

Now, Gruden is back leading Oakland, and Janikowski is out, but not before a ton of success with the team.

The Raiders’ all-time leading scorer, Janikowski has 1,799 points for the Raiders, which ranks 10th in NFL history, as do his 414 career field goals. He played in a franchise-record 268 games and 18 seasons for the team.

Janikowski took a $1 million paycut at the end of training camp in August to get the final year of his contract to $3 million for 2017. He went on injured reserve the day before the season opener with a back issue.

Giorgio Tavecchio handled the kicking duties in his place, converting 16-of-21 field goal attempts with a long of 53.

Information from ESPN’s Paul Gutierrez as used in this report.

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