Sebastian Janikowski is on the way out of Oakland, and Tom Brady has yet another resume builder.
Janikowski, the 39-year-old free agent, was informed on Wednesday that he won't return as part of Jon Gruden's Raiders, ESPN reported. What does the end of the Raiders' road for the 17th overall pick in 2000 have to do with Brady?
The reigning MVP is officially the only player from the 2000 NFL draft who remains with his original team. In fact, Brady is the only player from that draft currently under contract in the NFL, period (Janikowski and Texans P Shane Lechler are unrestricted free agents).
As for Janikowski, the former controversial first-round pick by Al Davis, he had a spectacular run with the Raiders. His 414 converted field goals ranks 10th all-time. His 80.4 percent accuracy rate is just 44th in NFL history, but it should be noted that few kickers were asked to attempt more bombs than the strong-legged "Sea Bass" over the past nearly two decades.
Janikowski rebuffed the Raiders' attempt to restructure his contract last September — the first sign his run with the club was nearing its end — and was placed on injured reserve with a back injury shortly thereafter. The absence of the franchise's all-time scoring leader opened the door for undrafted Giorgio Tavecchio to take over full-time kicking duties, and it's expected that the Raiders will tender the 27-year-old restricted free agent and give him a chance to build on his solid debut.
Brady can thank Janikowski and the Raiders because the 40-year-old really needed another boost to his resume after only throwing for 505 yards in his third Super Bowl defeat.