Janikowski has spent his entire career with the Oakland Raiders to this point.
ESPN's Adam Schefter reported Wednesday that the Raiders will not bring back their longtime kicker in 2018. Janikowski was drafted number 17 overall in the first round by the Raiders back in the 2000 draft. That means Janikowski, the longest tenured player in franchise history, will either switch teams for the first time since being drafted in the first round in 2000 or call it quits.
Gruden recently returned as Raiders head coach. Shortly before the season started, Janikowski and the Raiders agreed to rework his contract, reportedly settling on a figure of $3 million guaranteed. The 39-year-old will become a free agent this offseason.
An Oakland Raider mainstay for nearly two decades is a Raider no more. In 18 seasons, Janikowski put 55 footballs through the uprights from 50 yards or more.
Giorgio Tavecchio, who was a frequent camp leg, ended up taking over the starting role in his absence. Tavecchio converted 16 of 21 field goal attempts with a long of 53 yards and had 48 touchbacks while kicking off.