Raiders sign Sebastian Janikowski to 4-year extension

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The Raiders ensured they will retain their Pro Bowl kicker for the next five years.

The Raiders announced today they have signed kicker Sebastian Janikowski to a four-year contract extension which will keep him with the Raiders through 2017.

The Raiders tweeted out a picture of Janikowski signing his deal today.

Janikowski was the team's first round pick (17 overall) back in 2000 and he has been with the Raiders for 13 seasons already. He was set to become a free agent after this season and the Raiders made locking up their all-time leading scorer a high priority. His new deal all but guarantees he will be a Raider for 18 years but he said he has no intention to retire after this contract is up.

"I'm not retiring yet," Janikowski said Friday following signing his new deal. "That was the goal. To play with one team is awesome. I love it being here and I want to finish here. . . It means a lot. I think Tim Brown was the longest [tenured Raider]. It does mean a lot. I'm glad to be here and try to finish here."

Here are his stats per the Raiders press release:

The 6-foot-1, 258-pound Janikowski has played in 204 career games and has led the team in scoring in each of his 13 seasons. He owns two of the three longest field goals in NFL history, including a record-tying 63-yard effort at Denver on Sept. 12, 2011. He also kicked a 61-yard field goal at Cleveland on Dec. 27, 2009.

In 2012, Janikowksi accounted for 118 points, marking his third-straight season with more than 100 points. He was 31-for-34 on field-goal attempts on the season, with his only misses coming on 51-, 61- and 64-yarders. He became one of just nine kickers in NFL history to hit at least 91.2 percent of his field goals during a season while perfect from 49 yards or less.

Janikowski earned his first Pro Bowl selection following the 2011 campaign, when he scored 129 points and was seven-for-10 on field-goal attempts of more than 50 yards. In 2010, Janikowski set the Raiders franchise record with 142 points, hitting 33-of-41 field-goal attempts and going a perfect 43-for-43 on PATs.

"When Reggie came in here, they called me in the offseason and they said they wanted to get something done and I'm glad it's done," said Janikowski. "It's important. It's job security. You don't think about it, it's not in the back of your head about what they're going to do because of what happened last year with Shane. I'm glad it's done. I don't have to worry about it. I can just worry about kicking and winning some games."

"I love California, I love being here and I see the changes. I think we're moving in the right direction. We've got the right coaches and players. People are going to be surprised, I think, this year what we can do.

Janikowski is within ten 50 plus field goals of tying the NFL record. He says was unaware of the milestone.

"Obviously I didn't know. But now I'm going to think about it. I'm going to be pushing for it. I don't even know who's the leader. Gary or Mort? Maybe Hanson? He retired so I'm good. No, it means a lot. You want to hold the records."

Gotta love Seabass.

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