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Raiders Re-Sign Janikowski

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Sebastian Janikowski might have the most valuable leg in football, and the Oakland Raiders have now rewarded him handsomely for it. Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images .
Sebastian Janikowski might have the most valuable leg in football, and the Oakland Raiders have now rewarded him handsomely for it. Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images .

Oakland Raiders kicker Sebastian Janikowski has signed a four-year contract extension with the Raiders, the team announced. Janikowski, 35, was the Silver and Black’s leading scorer last year. The deal, according to reports, is worth $19 million, including this year’s salary. According to overthecap.com, Janikowski’s current base salary is $3.8 million. The contract extension guarantees $8 million in the first two years. This maintains his status as the highest-paid kicker in the league. He is arguably the best.

Janikowski made 31 field goals and had 118 points to lead Oakland in scoring in 2012. He had a franchise-record 142 points in 2010. His longest field goal is 63 yards, a distinction he shares with only three other kickers -- David Akers, Jason Elam and Tom Dempsey.  He is also one of five kickers in NFL history to boot three field goals of more 50 yards in a single game

The Florida State product has a franchise-record 1,389 points over a career he has spent entirely with the Raiders, who selected him with the 17th pick of the 2000 draft. This contract extension all but ensures that he’ll remain a Raider until he retires.