With Sebastian Janikowski sitting out the Raiders preseason finale on Thursday, the team announced Tuesday that they would be bringing in former NFL and CFL kicker Justin Medlock.
Justin Medlock has played in 11 career games, including 10 with the Carolina Panthers in 2012. Medlock has made 8-of-12 field-goal attempts in two NFL seasons. He also spent three years in the Canadian Football League, playing two seasons for the Toronto Argonauts (2009-10) and one year with the Hamilton Tiger-Cats (2011) before playing for Carolina in 2012 breaking into the league.
Medlock was drafted in the fifth round by the Kansas City Chiefs in the 2007 NFL Draft and was immediately thrust into the starter’s role after Lawrence Tynes left the team, Medlock crumbled under the pressure despite being a consensus All-American at UCLA, missing a 30 yard field goal in Week One after going just 3-6 during the preseason. He was then cut after that game and bounced around the NFL and the CFL as a backup before being eventually released each time in stops with St. Louis and Washington before giving it a go with the Toronto Argonauts before they released him for kicker Noel Prefontaine.
After signing with the Edmonton Eskimos, Medlock was then traded to the Hamilton Tiger-Cats, his third CFL stop. In Hamilton Medlock would revive his career, hitting 49-55 field goals as well as punting. That earned him a chance in Carolina where he signed a three year contract, it wouldn’t be the right fit as he only lasted until November 20, being waived after missing field goals in three straight games.
Medlock was a college teammate of punter Chris Kluwe for two seasons (2003-04). He is also a Bay Area native, attending Mission San Jose High School in Fremont, Calif. That connection likely gave him a chance to showcase his skills as the Raiders hope that SeaBass can return for Week One. Hopefully Medlock can play like the former UCLA Bruin and successful CFL kicker and avoid his inconsistent play.