Seattle Seahawks fans have been adamant all offseason that the team needs to sign a quality kicker in order to address the deficiencies at the position in 2017 with Blair Walsh handling kicking duties. Well, it appears those fans may be on the verge of getting their wish, as reports have emerged that the team will be meeting with one of the bigger name free agent kickers on Tuesday.
Former Raiders' kicker Sebasitan Janikowski is scheduled to fly Tuesday to Seattle to meet with the Seahawks, per source.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) April 9, 2018
Sebastian Janikowski is perhaps best known for being the last kicker taken in the first round of the draft, as the Oakland Raiders selected him with the seventeenth overall pick in the 2000 draft. However, he never lived up to a first round billing with Oakland, and in spite of his draft pedigree and name recognition, he sports a career field goal conversion rate that is lower than that of Walsh. That includes a streak of three straight seasons in his late twenties where he converted field goal attempts at a rate lower than Walsh did in 2017.
That said, that was over a decade ago as Janikowski will be 40 for the 2018 season, and spent the entire 2017 campaign on injured reserved with a back issue. Whether or not he will be added to the roster in the coming days or not, significant questions will exist about his ability to deliver results on the field until he has a chance to address any concerns.