Adam Schefter is reporting that the Oakland Raiders and Sebastian Janikowski have agreed to terms on a four year deal valued at $16-million, $9-million of which is guaranteed. The deal would be the largest contract in league history for a kicker.
Many mocked Al Davis for selecting Seabass in the first round of the 2000 draft. Funny thing is that Janikowski might just be the best pick Davis made in the first round during the past decade (Nnamdi Asomugha not withstanding). In 2008, Sebastian became the all-time leading scorer in franchise history then put together a stellar 2009 highlighted by some breathtaking kicks from distance including the amazing 61-yard blast he nailed in the frigid winter of Cleveland.
Ironically, the Raiders also nabbed Shane Lechler, the highest paid punter in the NFL, in the 5th round of that same draft. You can almost hear the gears turning in Steve Sabol’s head as he conjures up the NFL Films special on the greatest special teams duo ever to play the game.
With one franchise tag avoided, the attention now turns to the Richard Seymour situation. Given the fact that Davis has inked Lechler, Asomugha and now Janikowski to record deals, one could imagine that Seymour will be looking for a similar payday. Of course, the aforementioned player are in the discussion of the best at their respective positions. Seymour’s value relates only to the first round pick for which he was traded. The Raiders could have finished near the bottom of the league in run defense again without Seymour’s services in ‘09. That being said, Seymour is the best defensive lineman in the East Bay and Davis would be foolish to let him walk away.
Keep those calculators handy, Raider Nation. There’s more much more spending to come and many roster moves to be made in order to free up cash.