Janikowski did not participate in Thursday's OTA due to a hip injury, Bob Condotta of The Seattle Times reports. Janikowski signed a one-year contract with the Seahawks in late April, positioning him to serve as the placekicker. However, he will have to edge Jason Myers to secure a roster spot in a battle that will likely take place throughout training camp. Janikowski's successful career likely boosts him to the lead entering camp.
Janikowski's one-year contract with the Seahawks includes a $600,000 signing bonus and a $100,000 bonus if he's on the 53-man roster for Week 1, ESPN.com's Brady Henderson reports. Worth up to $2.015 million, the contract leaves little question that the Seahawks expect Janikowski to beat out Jason Myers in a kicking battle. The job won't necessarily equal fantasy relevance, as the Seahawks are in the process of transitioning to a younger roster, with Janikowski actually ranking as one of their more significant offseason additions. He said he's made a full recovery from the back injury that held him out for all of 2017.
The Seahawks signed Janikowski to a one-year contract Friday, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports. The Raiders' all-time leading scorer by a wide margin, Janikowski's tenure with the team came to an abrupt halt last season, when a contract dispute was followed by a back injury that kept him on IR all year. He was fairly efficient in the three previous seasons, connecting on at least 80 percent of his field-goal attempts on each occasion. Moreover, he nailed 75 of 78 extra-point tries from the longer distance introduced in 2015. Upon his arrival in Seattle, Janikowski will compete with Jason Myers for the place-kicking job.
Janikowski has a visit scheduled with the Seahawks on Tuesday, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports. In the days leading up to the 2017 season, Janikowski engaged in a contract dispute with the Raiders. While a resolution was reached during Week 1 prep, he suddenly landed on IR one day before the opener due to a disc injury in his back. He remained there the rest of the year as Giorgio Tavecchio handled place-kicking duties and was eventually jettisoned this offseason after 18 campaigns with the organization. The meeting with the Seahawks will mark Janikowski's second since that point - he also met with the Chargers "a few weeks ago," per Eric D. Williams of ESPN.com. If Janikowski lands a deal with the Seahawks, he'll compete for the kicking job with Jason Myers, who signed a reserve/future contract with the club in January.
Janikowski's agent said Wednesday that his client is over the back injury that sidelined him in 2017 and intends to play during the upcoming season, Michael Gehlken of the Las Vegas Review-Journal reports. Janikowski's 18-year tenure with the Raiders will officially come to an end March 14, when the soon-to-be 40-year-old hits unrestricted free agency after the organization informed him Wednesday that he wouldn't be retained next season. The 2000 first-round selection had been at risk of losing his roster spot ahead of the 2017 campaign in favor of Giorgio Tavecchio, but Janikowski's back injury allowed the Raiders to stash him on injured reserve and delay parting ways with the franchise scoring leader. With extended time off to recuperate, it sounds like Janikowski is back to full health, but the kicker could face a cool reception in free agency. In addition to his advanced age, Janikowski was below average in terms of accuracy in 2015 and 2016, converting 50 of 61 field-goal tries (82 percent) and missing three extra-point attempts during that span.
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|WK||DATE||OPP||OPP RANK||OPP FPTS|
|5||10/07||Los Angeles Rams||11||7.06|
|9||11/04||Los Angeles Chargers||6||6.00|
|10||11/11||@Los Angeles Rams||11||7.06|
|11||11/16||Green Bay Packers||26||8.25|
|13||12/03||San Francisco 49ers||23||7.94|
|15||12/16||@San Francisco 49ers||23||7.94|
|16||12/24||Kansas City Chiefs||5||6.00|