Oakland Raiders kicker Sebastian Janikowski won’t return after 18-year run with team

FILE - In this Aug. 12, 2017, file photo, Oakland Raiders kicker Sebastian Janikowski looks on before a NFL preseason football game against the Arizona Cardinals in Glendale, Ariz. The Raiders have Janikowski on injured reserve with a sore back and promoted Giorgio Tavecchio to the active roster. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin, File)

OAKLAND (KRON) — An Oakland Raider mainstay for almost two decades is a Raider no more.

After 18 seasons in Oakland, the silver and black have decided to part ways with kicker Sebastian Janikowski.

The 17th overall pick in 2000, the soon-to-be 40-year-old has spent his entire NFL career with the Raiders, leading the team all time in scoring.

Janikowski was replaced by kicker Giorgio Tavecchio last year when a back injury kept him on injured reserve throughout the season.

The Raiders’ released an official statement Thursday morning:

“The Raider Nation salutes Sebastian Janikowski as the sun sets on his illustrious career with the Oakland Raiders. He joined the team as a surprise first-round pick in the 2000 Draft and finishes his time in Oakland as one of the greatest or perhaps the greatest kicker in pro football history. His powerful left leg produced an NFL-record 55 field goals of 50-or-more yards. The motto ‘Once a Raider, Always a Raider’ has never been more true as his 18-year career makes him the longest-tenured player in Raiders history. Sebastian, his wife, Lori, and their three children will always be a loved and treasured part of the Raiders family.” – Mark Davis

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