If Sebastian Janikowski wants to continue his NFL career, should the New York Giants be the team that gives him the opportunity? The Oakland Raiders on Wednesday informed Janikowski that his 18-year run with the team is over, and Giants’ placekicker Aldrick Rosas had an up-and-down rookie season in 2017.
Janikowski, who will turn 40 on March 2, spent the 2017 season on injured reserve with a back injury. Janikowski is 11th in NFL history in points with 1,799. He has an NFL record 55 field goals of more than 50 yards.
Rosas made only 18-of-25 field-goal attempts (72 percent) in 2017. That placed him 37th in accuracy among 41 qualifying kickers, per Team Rankings. He made 20-of-23 extra-point attempts.
The Giants signed Marshall Koehn, who kicked in one game for the Cincinnati Bengals last season and made his only extra-point attempt, to a reserve/futures contract to compete with Rosas.
Several kickers in their 40s were successful last season, including 45-year-old Adam Vinatieri, 42-year-old Matt Bryant, and 43-year-old Phil Dawson.
Janikowski had apparently hoped to continue kicking withe the Raiders until they moved to Las Vegas in 2020. Will he want to continue his career elsewhere? If he does, would it be worth finding out if he is healthy and willing to compete for a job with the Giants?