Former Raiders’ kicker Sebastian Janikowski reached agreement on a one-year deal with the Seattle Seahawks, per source.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) April 13, 2018
As confirmed by the Seahawks organization, the team has signed veteran kicker and former Oakland Raider Sebastian Janikowski to a one-year deal. Seattle is in need of a kicker during the 2018 season after declining to bring back Blair Walsh. Walsh was not offered an extension after posting the second-lowest added win probability for 2017, a fact that cost the Seahawks at least one key match up against the Washington Redskins.
Janikowski did not play during the 2017 season after he was cut by the Raiders following a back injury. During his time in Oakland, Janikowski was known for making kicks in high-pressure situations but his $4 million dollar cap hit and age proved to be too much risk for the Raiders to bring him back for 2018. The aging veteran, now 40, comes to Seattle as the team looks to add competition in the specialists room before the draft. While details are not yet available, it is likely that the contract offered to Janikowski will have little to no money guaranteed. Janikowski joins former Jacksonville Jaguar Jason Myers as the only two kickers on the roster, as the team looks to stabilize the position following a turbulent 2017 season.