Shane Lechler may have bolted, but Sebastian Janikowski has no thoughts of leaving.
The longtime Oakland Raiders placekicker made it clear to reporters on Friday that he would like to remain a Raider for as long as he plays.
“I would love to stay here and finish my career,” he said. “This is where I started and where I would like to finish. … I can go seven or eight years. If I stay healthy, I can keep going. I want to play as long as I can and win the Super Bowl. That’s the ultimate goal.”
Drafted in the first round (!) in 2000, Janikowski has developed into one of the most reliable kickers in the league, with an absolute cannon of a leg. In fact, he is one of three players to own the record for longest field goal ever, at 63 yards.
He is the leading scorer in the franchise of the Raiders, and has an astonishing accuracy rate of over 80 percent, which could be even better if he didn’t take all those 50 or 60 yard field goals every game.
Janikowski says that he’s been blessed to be able to play for this long.
“I knew I had the leg and the talent,” he said, “but I have been fortunate enough to stay healthy and hopefully I have many more years to come.”