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Raiders Re-Sign Janikowski

By Bess Shapiro



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.