The Oakland Raiders have signed their long-time kicker Sebastian Janikowski to a four-year contract extension which comes into effect next season. The contracts puts him on the Raiders’ roster through the 2017 season.
According to Scott Bair of CSN Bay Area the total of the contract, which includes this season’s salary, is $19 million dollars. That includes $8 million in guaranteed money over the first two years of his new deal.
Janikowski has been with the team since he was drafted by Al Davis in the first round of the 2000 NFL draft at pick #17. Since then the ‘Polish Canon’ has been arguably the best kicker in the game during that span.
Janikowski even had a career year last year in terms of field-goal percentage, where he made 91.2% of his 34 attempts. He was perfect from under 50 yards as well, with his only three misses of the season coming from kicks of 50+ yards. Also, those 34 attempts were top-10 in the league.
What this extension means for the Raiders is another four years not not having to worry about one of the most overlooked facets of the game. He can step up big-time in clutch situations too, which is something every team hopes for in a kicker.