Dec 29, 2013; Oakland, CA, USA; Oakland Raiders kicker Sebastian Janikowski (11) kicks an extra point against the Denver Broncos during the fourth quarter at Coliseum. The Denver Broncos defeated the Oakland Raiders 34-14. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports

Tarell Brown, Sebastian Janikowski named Raiders best/worst contracts

NFL salary cap experts at Over The Cap ( have been naming their Best/Worst NFL contracts for each of the 32 teams in the league, ending their week with the Oakland Raiders and identifying the best and worst work of Raiders general manager Reggie McKenzie at managing his salary cap.

After naming kicker Sebastian Janikowski as the Raiders worst contract in 2013, Over The Cap once again named SeaBass as McKenzie’s worst deal which was more than understandable based on the problems with missed field goals the veteran had last season.

On the positive, Over The Cap once again praised the Raiders ability to find bargains at defensive back naming Tarell Brown their best 2014 contract after signing with the Raiders on a one year deal from the San Francisco 49ers in free agency.

Here is what OTC had to say about Brown and Janikowski.


I selected Tarell Brown because I feel he not only has the most upside of their signings but was someone that probably could have gotten a better contract elsewhere. Brown’s deal is a pure one year contract worth $3.5 million, all of which is guaranteed. That is in the same range as players like the always injured Dimitri Patterson, Antonio Cromartie and Charles Tillman, all of whom are coming off worse seasons with more to prove than Brown.

I feel like this is a situation where the Raiders presented Brown with a strong chance to stand out on a defense that does not have a great reputation which could lead to a bigger payday down the line. It is the ultimate “prove it” contract in that he should get more exposure and credit than he had before and thus has every incentive to play exceptionally well for Oakland. While you would have liked to have seen this as a two or three year contract, the clear tradeoff for getting Brown at this figure was the one year contract so that he could cash in next season. The Raiders should get the most out of Brown in 2014 at a pretty reasonable price.


Last year the Raiders finally had a chance to get things right with their kicker. He was in the final year of his outlandish contract and the Raiders finally should have been poised to move on. GM Reggie McKenzie had purged the roster of almost every bad deal and this contract was one of the lasting memories of everything wrong with the Raider organization in the 2000’s. But Janikowski is apparently like one of the characters of the Matrix movies that survives the reboot and lives forever.

Amazingly the Raiders rewarded Janikowski with a new contract that would guarantee him $8 million, which worked out on a yearly basis to about double the closest guarantees at the position. The Raiders had moved away from using signing bonuses but gave one to Janikowski anyway such that he would still have $1 million in dead money in 2015 if they cut ties with him.

Janikowski’s contract ranks in the top 10 of the Raiders annual salary structure, top 3 in total value for the team among veterans, and first overall among kickers in the NFL. He has never been the best kicker in the NFL and only been selected to participate in one Pro Bowl. The Raiders making him highest paid and guaranteed kicker just defies all logic for whatever the team seems to be trying to accomplish as they rebuild their franchise.

It is clear that Jason Fitzgerald of OTC justifiably is not fond of Janikowski’s massive contract that was given to him to remain in Oakland, sharing a sentiment that some Raiders fans showed in 2013 whenever a missed field goal further hurt their chances of winning. While Janikowski is a fan favorite and has been a Raider for life, his contract is quite expensive by Reggie McKenzie standards and makes salary cap experts cringe.

Agree with Jason Fitzgerald’s assessments of the Raiders best/worst contracts? Let us know who your picks for Best/Worst contract’s are in the comments.

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  • B Christopher

    You know, I guess that McKenzie is doing a pretty damn good job if SeaBass’ contract is the worst that the mudslingers can come up with. He’s only been in the league for 15 years, holds 8 or 9 NFL records, incl. longest FG ever. The number of FGs that he makes over 50 yards defies logic, and he is a threat from anywhere north of midfield. GREAT JOB GETTING THE BOOKS IN ORDER. THIS IS WHAT IT TAKES TO BE A PLAYOFF TEAM YEAR IN & YEAR OUT.

  • Pridenpoise

    However wrote this article is obviously a misinformed douchebag, there is no other kicker in the league who is asked to do as much as Janikowski, and yes he did have a bad season last year but let’s not forget he was without Lechler for the first time in his career, and to say King and Jano experienced growing pains would be an understatement, he was also dealing with a nagging hamstring injury, so when some dickhead that knows nothing about Janos career knocks him over a bad season I take exception to it, I would also like to know how many of his misses were from farther than 50 yards, because we all know that a healthy Jano is the best in the business when it comes to nailing the long ones, but as I said when your dealing with a new holder and a hamstring there’s bound to be misses.

  • Pridenpoise

    They should revoke this a-holes writing credentials. When healthy there’s nobody else I want lining up to hoof a 60 yarder. Hail to the Polish Cannon.

  • Lucas Daniel Uribe

    Tell me another kicker Drafted in 2000. That’s right you can’t. SeaBass will only bounce back if we start winning some games. He can kick the ball from 50+ yards and as a Raiders fan I’m grateful for him

  • KloverJane

    The article clearly states she/he doesn’t like Seabass. Must’ve been ruffied. Lol. He’s been working with Marquette place holding. Should be closer to 100% consistent marks compared to last year. Laces out and the tilt for a lefty…

  • chase ruttig

    To be fair, any kicker who misses as much as Janikowski did in 2013 should be criticized. Especially considering that SeaBass doesn’t exactly look in shape…. You can love The Polish Cannon without loving his contract.

  • Pridenpoise

    Has Janikowski ever looked in shape, and if we are going to use this writers ridiculous sample size of the past season to judge a players value then I would have to say we are overpaying by leaps and bounds for a guy by the name of Matt Schaub.

  • J.Montanez87

    Jano is Oakland Raiders franchise leading scorer..Have some respect..
    NFL record: longest field goal (63 yards, 2011)
    NFL record: longest overtime field goal (57 yards, 2008)
    NFL record: most 60+ yard field goals in a career
    NFL record: most 50+ yard field goals in a game
    NFL record: most 40+ yard field goals in a game
    ; )

  • chase ruttig

    Editor’s Note: We are all aware of what Janikowski has done, but he currently is one of the priciest players the Raiders have in a position that is not known to see GM’s overpay players. His contract isn’t good, and OTC has every right to consider it the worst deal on the Raiders books currently. Like I said, that still doesn’t mean that SeaBass isn’t a Raiders legend or shouldn’t be the starting kicker.

    Sometimes you can’t be a homer and look at it from a different perspective, nobody is disrespecting Janikowski by saying that he is overpaid. In fact he is overpaid because he earned that contract by being the only consistent offensive player in Oakland for years. Still doesn’t mean it was a good contract from Reggie McKenzie to overpay him by so much.

  • Raider Grant

    Even the BEST have an off season, but I would expect SeaBass to have a complete turn around this year & show why he deserves the contract! I’m going go draft him in my fantasy football league too ! Go Raiders

  • Demarkus Tramail Swan

    Jano has GOTS TO GO, trade him for whatever pk available, go with Camona!!

  • B Christopher

    You know, there were a lot of things that contributed to Jano Not kicking quite as good as he normally does. The top one being, the holder that he’d had holding the ball on FGs for the past decade left for “greener pastures” in Houston because he wanted to go to a SB. “How’s that working Lechler?” You could tell last year that his timing was off, and timing is everything when it comes to FGs. Like I said earlier, if this is the worst we have on the roster, HALLELUJAH!!! Go Raiders!

  • B Christopher

    Articles like this are only out there because y’all need job security. Football and the news world is now 24/7 365, no offseason, and quite frankly, not a lot to write about.
    If the Raiders would have gotten rid of SeaBass, then there would be an article chronicling how bad of a front office the Raiders have for letting that “proven veteran” slip away to another team. Like Houston & Veldheer, the articles haven’t stopped since the door slammed on those two. But, in the end, the Raiders filled more holes, with arguably, better players, than they could have if they would have kept those two vets. I’d rather have 4-5 holes filled, than have those two players that didn’t want to be Raiders anymore. But, the opposite is true for someone like Jano. A weapon from half the field, everyday, game in & game out. He’s gonna win us some close games this year, and he’ll be worth every cent.

    In today’s world, with media coverage being what it is, it doesn’t matter whether you pay a guy, or don’t pay a guy, either way, somebody is going to complain about it. It’s the world we live in nowadays, and everyone has a voice, and a means to get that voice out there!

  • chase ruttig

    Editor’s Note: I don’t understand how you can’t see somebody looking at the highest paid kicker in football being 35 and missing 30% of his FG’s while also making 53% of his money guaranteed as being a good thing. Like I said, there is no denying his contract is the worst on the Raiders books. The fact that he is a fan favorite is what makes it acceptable.

    Ps: I defended Reggie McKenzie letting JV/LH walk this offseason.

  • Diego Reyes

    If Brown does well as I am sure he will, I hope they keep him for a couple more years.

  • B Christopher

    I still don’t understand why this bothers you some much. Contracts, for veterans always take into account PAST performance. In fact, most jobs do. Sure, they are hoping that it continues. Janikowski is a proven commodity. New holder last year, porous O-Line. While the Kicker gets the the stats, the holder and long snapper and O-Line must contribute to be successful. What I haven’t heard you mention yet is the fact that his knockoffs are spectacular too. He’s one of the best EVER, will be in the hall of fame at some point, and deservedly so. I think that we’re going to have to respectfully agree to disagree on this one. I get your point, and as I’ve said, if this is the worst the Raiders have, then that is just great!!! As a famous philosopher once said “life is like a box of chocolates, you never know what you’re gonna get!” At least with SeaBass, we just have to turn the lid over, and we can see exactly what each one is!!!!