The Oakland Raiders may not have a coach but they do have a kicker for four more years. Sebastian Janikowski was given a record contract by the quickly loosing it Al Davis 4 years for $16 million including a guaranteed $9 million. This once again proves that Al Davis is insane, only Al would pay $4 million for a kicker. There are so many problems with the Raiders, why in the world would you secure your kicker?
Let’s look at the Raiders for a moment. Clearly, they need help on the offensive line. There is no reason why McFadden can’t be a 1000 yard rusher if given any kind of running lane. Now look at the quarterback position, it’s in shambles. JaMarcus Russell is not going to work out as an NFL, Bruce Gradkowski is just a temporary plug. Charlie Frye has never done well anywhere and JP Loseman? Really? Why wouldn’t Oakland save some money and go after Vick or McNabb?
Also the defense, which the Raiders have always prided themselves on is a shell of what it was just 3 years ago when it was one of the better D’s in the league. Finally the receiving corp needs help as well. Here are your 2009 receiving corp: Javon Walker, Yamon Figurs, Darrius Heyward Bay, Shaun Bodiford, Paul Hubbard, Nick Miller, and Louis Murphy. No wonder Russell couldn’t hit anyone, with an aging Walker and no one else.
I will say this about Janikowski, he is my favorite all time kicker. He is one of the best in the game, but I firmly believe that aside from elite teams such as Indianapolis, New England and New Orleans, kickers shouldn’t make more than $2 million. The deal makes no sense to me. Maybe someone out there can explain to me why it happened? As far as Janikowski’s cards go on eBay, they are surprisingly higher than you would think. Most go for between $6 – $12, which is not bad for one of the best kickers in NFL history. One of my favorite signatures is from Topps TX and is the authentic Super Bowl ticket (pictured below). I am hoping the Raiders can turn it around but if not it will be nice to see Sea Bass kicking a lot of field goals.