Sebastian Janikowski played 18 years with one NFL team. He was a Raider for nearly two decades, with 17 years as the Silver and Black’s placekicker and last season spent on injured reserve.
His contract was up this offseason, and the Raiders let it expire. They went younger and cheaper there, retaining Giorgio Tavheccio on an exclusive rights free agent contract tender.
That put Janikowski on the open market for the first time as a professional, where he stayed for nearly a month. On Friday afternoon, he landed in Seattle.
He signed with the Seahawks, a solid landing spot for a strong-armed kicker with plenty of power and accuracy left at age 40. He’s fully healthy again after missing last season with a back injury, and is committed to continuing his career after the Raiders left him go.
Janikowksi landed in a good spot. He doesn’t have real competition on the Seahawks roster and should be the kicker in 2018. Seattle employed Blair Walsh last season, but let him walk away after he converted just 72.4 percent of his field goals last season.
The Raiders were content to let him walk away, confident Tavecchio can carry on following a strong 2017 season. The Raiders are expected to bring in some competition, though there’s little doubt Tavecchio will be the Raiders kicker next season.
The 49ers and Seattle Seahawks completed their indirect swap of starting cornerbacks on Wednesday.
More than four weeks after the 49ers signed Richard Sherman to a three-year contract one day after Seattle released him, the Seahawks filled a roster spot with the signing of former 49ers cornerback Dontae Johnson.
Johnson, 26, started all 16 games for the 49ers last season but struggled down the stretch of the season. The club did not make an attempt to re-sign him as an unrestricted free agent.
In his four-year career with the 49ers, Johnson appeared in 63 of 64 possible games with 22 starts. Last season, he recorded a team-leading 77 tackles with one interception and seven passes defensed.
Johnson (6-foot-1, 200 pounds) came to the 49ers as a fourth-round draft pick in 2014 from North Carolina State.
The 49ers player with the longest memory is ready to turn the page on an old rivalry.
Left tackle Joe Staley welcomed former Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman to the 49ers on Sunday via social media
“As much as I disliked playing against him for years, I know I will love being teammates with him going forward,” Staley wrote on Twitter. “Pumped to have @RSherman_25 as a teammate!!”
Staley, 33, is a veteran of 11 NFL seasons – all with the 49ers. Staley, a six-time Pro Bowl player, is the longest-tenured 49ers player. Sherman spent the first seven seasons of his career with the Seahawks, during which time he proved to be a main nemesis of the 49ers.
Sherman agreed to terms on Saturday with the 49ers on a three-year contract just one day after the Seahawks released him to avoid paying his scheduled $11 million salary.