Seattle Seabass: Seahawks sign Sebastian Janikowski

  • Seattle Seabass: Seahawks sign Sebastian Janikowski

Seattle Seabass: Seahawks sign Sebastian Janikowski

A former first-round pick out of Florida State, Janikowski was released by the Raiders following one of the longest-tenured careers in franchise history.

Earlier this offseason, the Oakland Raiders made the decision to part ways with veteran kicker Sebastian Janikowski after 18 seasons with the team.

Janikowski signed a free-agent deal with the Seattle Seahawks on Friday.

Janikowski may be in his 40s, but it has been typical for kickers to extend their careers well into their 40s that could lend to him playing beyond next season if he is able to continue to be an effective option. The 40-year-old will have to prove he still has enough in the tank to beat out the younger Myers, but one would expect that Janikowski, at least for now, has a leg up on his competition. During his tenure in Oakland, Janikowski set an National Football League record with 55 field goals from 50 yards or longer.

If healthy, Janikowski represents a potential replacement for the Seahawks for Blair Walsh, who was not retained after making 21 of 29 field goal attempts last season.

Seattle in January signed kicker Jason Meyers.

In joining the Seahawks, Janikowski will work with a familiar face in Brian Schneider, who was the Raiders special teams coach from 2007-08.