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Janikowski cashes in, will Seymour get tagged?

Whatever disappointment Sebastian Janikowski felt by missing the Pro Bowl after a deserving season was pushed into the background after he signed a four-year contract making him the NFL’s highest paid place kicker.

The terms, first reported by ESPN’s Adam Schefter and delayed here while problems were worked out for logging in to the blog software, are the same as punter Shane Lechler received last season _ four years, $16 million, with $9 million guaranteed.

“He is the best kicker in the NFL and the Raiders have recognized that fact by rewarding him with this monstrous contract,” said Paul Healy, the agent for Janikowski. “He loves it in Oakland and wanted to be there. Give Al Davis credit for stepping up an doing what it takes to keep him there.”

No confirmation from the Raiders, who usually wait until the contract is approved by the league before making an announcement.

Actually, the Raiders went ahead and confirmed the signing on their Web site.

A 10-year veteran, Janikowski’s run-ins with the law at Florida State and then with the Raiders, all which involved drinking, have become distant memories.

At a reunion in San Leandro hosted by Jon Gruden in December, Janikowski put in a brief appearance, mingling with some old teammates, drinking ice water with lemon and leaving early the night before a game.

Late in the season, I saw Janikowski headed towards his car in the parking lot, munching on a salad.

When I mentioned it to Lechler, he laughed and said, “he’s in a contract year.’’

While Lechler has been among the elite at his position since his rookie season, Janikowski has yet to make a Pro Bowl and until the last few years it was still up in the air as to whether he was actually worth the first-round draft choice Al Davis spent on him in 2000.

It took until this season for Janikowski, 9-for-10 between 40 and 49 yards, to bring his percentage up to 70 percent for his career in that range.

Tennessee’s Rob Bironas, for example, is 76.8 for his career from 40 to 49. Janikowski is 77.7 percent from that range (21-for-27) in the last four years, distances that are truly money kicks for NFL place kickers.

An elite NFL kicker, or any professional kicker for that matter, should be nearly automatic from 39 yards and in. Percentages normally begin dropping off at the 40-plus range.

From 50-plus, Janikowski is 25-for-51, including 6-for-8 this year, but his percentage suffers from some absurdly long attempts because of his range _ most notably the 76-yard prayer dialed up by Lane Kiffin in his last act as a Raiders head coach.

Next up for the Raiders is Richard Seymour, who can expect the franchise tag if he doesn’t first sign a long-term deal.

I’m expecting the tag rather than the contract.

Considering the $41 million Albert Haynesworth defensive tackle got from Washington last year, and the highest comps at defensive end _ $30 million guaranteed to Dwight Freeney of Indianpapolis and $31 million to Jared Allen _ giving a huge sum of upfront money to Seymour with a potential lockout in 2011 is a risky proposition.

Instead, the Raiders could pay Seymour the franchise figure of $12.398 million (or potentially more if he is an exclusive franchise player), lock him up again in 2011 and then not be on the hook for his salary should there be a work stoppage.

It’s also a legitimate question as to whether Seymour, seeking his last big contract at age 31, played at a level which earned him the kind of money in the Haynesworth-Freeney-Allen realm.

There were times when Seymour looked like what he was in New England _ one of the NFL’s best defensive players and an unblockable force up front. There were other periods where Seymour’s presence did little to prevent Oakland from being among the most porous run defenses in the NFL.

Wisniewski talks with Redskins

Steve Wisniewski, the former Raiders guard who has expressed a desire to return to coaching, has interviewed with the Washington Redskins for a position as an assistant offensive line coach under head coach Mike Shanahan and line coach Chris Foerster.

Wisniewski was a rookie with the Raiders in 1989 when Shanahan was an in-season casualty of Al Davis, replaced by Art Shell. He has spent time in training camp with the Raiders as observer and you wonder if Wisniewski couldn’t conceivably a candidate for the same position in Oakland, given his good standing wit the organization and ties with the community.

Meanwhile, Washington has hired Paul Kelly, a former coaches’ assistant to Jon Gruden in Oakland and Tampa Bay and to Bill Callahan in Oakland, as the administrative assistant for Shanahan.

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  • jhill

    LOL, Seymour …

    Exactly!

    Yes our HC is a puppet. But he should be. Coach the guys the team gives you. You want to draft the players, try and get promoted!

  • RaiderRockstar

    AJ Smith is there to fetch Norphus Turner his morning Coffee and croissant.

    ***

    I thought he was busy doing Phil Rivers’ laundry? (still wets the bed)

  • hellsbells

    Draft Hopes

    round 1
    Okung, Campbell, or Davis
    With this pick then loser for LT battle beomes right tackle. Green could slide inside a play RG. Fills three positions..

    round 2
    Spikes MLB or Cody
    True MLB shift Morrison ouside. Or get true run stuffing DT

    Round 3
    A) Pouncy center FL
    B) Thompson CB Cal to play in the nickel at first

    Round 4
    Havalii FB USC Would be a great pick

    REST best value pick we need depth everwhere

  • Seymour Bush

    # jhill Says:
    February 17th, 2010 at 11:32 am

    And to say Al doesn’t give his HCs input on the roster is propaganda.

    Look at all the players Kiffin cut. Did he slip that past Al?

    Hiram Eugene, Cornell Green, Satele, and Khalif Barnes are not guys Al Davis would have wanted. Those have Cable written all over them.
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    This is exactly right. And if you remember correctly, Phillip Buchanon and Stinchcomb followed Gruden over to TB.

  • http://none The Real MaddenRaider

    JHill, Seymour, from everything that I’ve read, I believe that at least Sean Payton, Tom Coughlin, Tony Dungy, Bill Cowher, and Bill Belichick, as recent Super Bowl winners, have had significant say over their personnel, and likely made most decisions. I obviously have no way of proving this, as you guys have no way of disproving it. While Mike Tomlin might not have significant control, considering how junior he was when winning the Super Bowl, Bill Cowher, his predecessor, likely did.

  • RaiderRockstar

    Cable is the HC of the pre-game and post game speeches and assistant time out coordinator behind Tolner.

    ***

    Tom Cable is training to become the next John Herrerra …

  • http://none The Real MaddenRaider

    JHill, I simply don’t buy your notion that Al Davis gives his head coaches as much control as the more successful teams in the league do.

  • http://none The Real MaddenRaider

    Seymour, I never said that Turner called the shots in SD. I just said that most owners, including all of the successful teams in the league, give their HC far more control of staff and personnel than Al Davis does.

  • RaiderRockstar

    I simply don’t buy your notion that Al Davis gives his head coaches as much control as the more successful teams in the league do.

    ***

    Agreed. Davis goes through HC’s like Kell goes through a bottle of prune juice

    Players march up to the owners office if there is a problem. they bypass the HC altogether. That should tell you enough about the chain of command in Oakland

  • http://www.blogcdn.com/www.fanhouse.com/media/2008/04/desmond-howard-425-sm.jpg Bo Schembechler Jackson

    Players march up to the owners office if there is a problem. they bypass the HC altogether. That should tell you enough about the chain of command in Oakland

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    Do we have evidence that this behavior has occurred much these last two seasons? Al has been notably absent from operations compared to the past…

  • http://none The Real MaddenRaider

    You know what? You guys are right about San Diego. Turner likely has very little control there. Maybe even as small of an amount as Cable has under Al Davis. And, SD has been a good football team in recent years. So, that’s really your guys’ only example. Considering that, and the fact that SD is still yet to win a SB, I’d rather do what teams like the Saints are doing. Plus, I don’t think Al Davis understands today’s game as well as AJ Smith. The results would back that up, wouldn’t it? I mean, AJ Smith wins. Al Davis doesn’t. It’s that simple. So the argument that a GM really calls the shots still doesn’t protect Al Davis. It’s all the more reason for him to actually hire someone to replace him as GM.

  • http://www.blogcdn.com/www.fanhouse.com/media/2008/04/desmond-howard-425-sm.jpg Bo Schembechler Jackson

    Physically absent at least.

  • Seymour Bush

    The job of the GM is to put the team together and negotiate the contracts. That’s his job. The job of the coach is to then take those players and get them to win. Coach ‘em up! That’s HIS job. The job of the owner is to hire those guys, and get guys with like philosophies. If you think right now that Cable or Jackson or John Marshall or Pendergrast have little or no input in the decision making process, then why are they all at the Senior Bowl and the combine? To sample the local culture?

  • Norco Bob

    Both people that Cable slapped around deserved it MR,..keepin it real…I applauded that. Word.

  • SteveAlford21

    Good afternoon, fellow Raiders fans. What’s on the agenda for discussion today?

  • http://none The Real MaddenRaider

    Bo, physical evidence isn’t even needed in a court of law. A case only needs to be proved beyond reasonable doubt. If 20 different people from different walks of lives and with no known common profit motive say that something happened, it happened. I think there’s been enough testimony over the years for any sane person to be thoroughly convinced that Al Davis’s players often circumvent their coaches and go right to Al. I’ll throw JaMarcus Russell out there as one who probably still does it.

  • http://www.blogcdn.com/www.fanhouse.com/media/2008/04/desmond-howard-425-sm.jpg Bo Schembechler Jackson

    You guys seen FL Pete in here lately?

  • RaiderRockstar

    Steve: the usual

    Davis, Cable, Russell and why they all suck

    LOL

  • RaiderRockstar

    BSJ-

    yeah. last time he was in he said something about giving DMC and Condo contract extensions

    weird, huh?

  • http://www.blogcdn.com/www.fanhouse.com/media/2008/04/desmond-howard-425-sm.jpg Bo Schembechler Jackson

    The Real MaddenRaider Says:
    February 17th, 2010 at 11:52 am
    Bo, physical evidence isn’t even needed in a court of law. A case only needs to be proved beyond reasonable doubt. If 20 different people from different walks of lives and with no known common profit motive say that something happened, it happened. I think there’s been enough testimony over the years for any sane person to be thoroughly convinced that Al Davis’s players often circumvent their coaches and go right to Al. I’ll throw JaMarcus Russell out there as one who probably still does it.

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    Perhaps. But we used to hear more concrete reference to players visiting Al’s office. It can’t be as pervasive anymore.

  • Seymour Bush

    # The Real MaddenRaider Says:
    February 17th, 2010 at 11:40 am

    JHill, Seymour, from everything that I’ve read, I believe that at least Sean Payton, Tom Coughlin, Tony Dungy, Bill Cowher, and Bill Belichick, as recent Super Bowl winners, have had significant say over their personnel, and likely made most decisions. I obviously have no way of proving this, as you guys have no way of disproving it. While Mike Tomlin might not have significant control, considering how junior he was when winning the Super Bowl, Bill Cowher, his predecessor, likely did.
    ====================================================

    Actually, we can disprove this. lst off, the new trend now, is to have completely separate coaching and personnel departments. Guys like Holmgren, Parcells, Gruden are now things of the past. Notice how Holmgren took the front office job not both. Bellichek had the entire Pioli/Floyd Reece team that built their team. That is a well known fact. Pittsburgh has one of the excellent front office teams in Colbert/Ron Hughes/Doug Whaley. Let me explain something: those guys don’t need input from ANYONE. Obviously Dungy has say in who he wanted in Indy. No doubt. But so does Cable.

  • http://none The Real MaddenRaider

    Seymour Bush, what is your source for that definition of a general manager? Is there an official definition? Does the league have an official definition? Or is that your definition?

  • http://www.blogcdn.com/www.fanhouse.com/media/2008/04/desmond-howard-425-sm.jpg Bo Schembechler Jackson

    RaiderRockstar Says:
    February 17th, 2010 at 11:54 am
    BSJ-

    yeah. last time he was in he said something about giving DMC and Condo contract extensions

    weird, huh?

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    Floridians love them some Condos.

  • http://none The Real MaddenRaider

    Seymour, I don’t see how that disproves my statement that successful head coaches have a significant amount of control.

  • RaiderRockstar

    Bo Schembechler would have turned McFadden into a combination of Adrian Peterson & Chris Johnson IMO

    RIP

  • SteveAlford21

    RMR, the problem with that is that these stories aren’t coming from people who have no common thread. The problem with anecdotal evidence is that a story can be corroborated or repeated or copied by anyone for any reason and there’s no way to know if it’s the truth, embellishment, or someone else jumping on the bandwagon or seeking attention. Anecdotal evidence from sources that share some form of common bond usually can’t be taken for more than face value. Having said that, I firmly believe that certain players have always had, and still do have, a direct line to Al. I think they can circumvent whatever the coach wants and get their way as long as they’re one of Al’s Guys.

  • RaiderRockstar

    be back later. another meeting :(

  • http://www.blogcdn.com/www.fanhouse.com/media/2008/04/desmond-howard-425-sm.jpg Bo Schembechler Jackson

    RaiderRockstar Says:
    February 16th, 2010 at 2:32 pm

    I think “McFumble” and “McFelldown” are both BSJ’s

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    McFelldown is mine. And don’t forget the Wintern.

  • http://media-2.web.britannica.com/eb-media/63/60563-004-52A399D4.jpg Dakota

    The definition of GM for the Raiders: The guy Al Davis can let everyone blame for Al Davis’ decisions.

  • Seymour Bush

    Oh and tom Coughlin worked under Ernie Accorsi and Jerry Reece who were both the protege’s of George Young, who built the bad ass mid 80′s-1990′s NY Giant teams. These are well known facts. Look em up.

  • jhill

    I simply don’t buy your notion that Al Davis gives his head coaches as much control as the more successful teams in the league do.

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    I’m suggesting that NONE of the HCs have as much control as you are suggesting Raider coaches should have. Not that Tom Cable has much control at all.

    I think Kiffin was clearly allowed roster control. 100%? Of course not. He didn’t get the final call on the #1 pick in the draft, but what coach does? ANd what coach should? That should be totally above their pay grade. Scouting dept, and the GM should address personell.

  • bcz24

    Circumvent, Anecdotel, Embellishment… these are words that do not belong on a Raiders blog!

  • Seymour Bush

    # The Real MaddenRaider Says:
    February 17th, 2010 at 11:55 am

    Seymour Bush, what is your source for that definition of a general manager? Is there an official definition? Does the league have an official definition? Or is that your definition?
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    That is THE definition. I’m sorry if it conflicts with your definition that the GM is only there to get the Head Coach his morning coffee and croissant.

  • http://www.blogcdn.com/www.fanhouse.com/media/2008/04/desmond-howard-425-sm.jpg Bo Schembechler Jackson

    RaiderRockstar Says:
    February 17th, 2010 at 11:56 am
    Bo Schembechler would have turned McFadden into a combination of Adrian Peterson & Chris Johnson IMO

    RIP

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    Suckass!

  • http://none The Real MaddenRaider

    Steve, that would apply to testimony where there isn’t a victim. For instance, a bunch of people stating that they saw that same alien that we always see in sketches. It’s obviously a hoax by a bunch of sci fi geeks who just correspond with each other from around the world, pretending to be every day citizen witnessing the appearance of these aliens. The reason why it’s merely anecdotal is because we haven’t found a bunch of different people laying dead in corn fields yet with the some strange, webbed hand prints on their body. With the Raiders, at least where football success is concerned, you have victims galore. Coaches are fired while players stay. Players’ career stats, which can make the difference when being considered for the hall of fame, are affected by an owner forcing an ineffective scheme on them, or scholarship players into their lineup who underperform. With the Raiders, the victimhood is constant. Careers are ruined in Oakland. And the testimony all points toward Al Davis.

  • http://www.blogcdn.com/www.fanhouse.com/media/2008/04/desmond-howard-425-sm.jpg Bo Schembechler Jackson

    Isn’t it strange that Steve Alford and Boy George are never seen together at the same time? Makes you think it is more than just a “resemblance”…

  • http://none The Real MaddenRaider

    Seymour, what is your source for that definition, and is that the definition officially recognized by the NFL? I wasn’t aware the NFL General Manager had a specific and official set of responsibilities.

  • SteveAlford21

    Thanks for catching me up, Rockstar. I’ll try to get up to speed.

    Davis: Doesn’t suck, the game has just passed him by and he needs a new Bruce Allen (and a few handfuls of other people) on the staff to filter his thoughts and guide the team in the new era which confounds Al so. Al still has a lot of great stuff in his head… he just can’t tell the difference between the great and the archaic.

    Russell: Does suck, and it’s mostly his own fault for coming in overweight and underinformed. I particularly liked on NFLN when Nnamdi said that #2′s problem this past season was coming into not just games without being properly prepared, but into the season as well. Russell has amazing physical gifts, but until he can get the desire and work ethic required to utilize them, we’ll never know if he’s really good enough or intelligent enough to play at this level.

    The OL has needed drastic improvement for two years and DHB can’t catch… but that didn’t stop Gradkowski from performing at five times JR’s level… and the OL and DHB didn’t create those 9 interceptions for #2 this year (although DHB actually DID create an interception of Grads, if you remember the perfectly placed pass that he popped off his hands right to a defender). As many excuses as can be made for JR, it still boils down to this: a player who is about to begin his fourth season should certainly be able to read both sides of the field, know the whole playbook, and have at least AVERAGE ability to hold onto the ball when he drops back. I’d love to see him turn it around and become a great Raider (because I know we’ll never cut him), but I would be just as happy to see him walk away from football tomorrow. Basically, I’d be happy with anything besides another year of turnovers and incompletions that are 20 yards from the nearest receiver.

  • http://none The Real MaddenRaider

    Seymour Bush, that doesn’t prove that Coughlin didn’t have significant control. I never said successful head coaches necessarily have complete control, just that they’re heavily involved. I don’t care if Jesus Christ is Coughlin’s GM. I still believe he makes a lot of pivotal personnel decisions, and just don’t buy your argument to the contrary. I just don’t believe your notion that Tom Cable is given the same amount of control as all other head coaches. I believe he’s given just about the least.

  • http://www.blogcdn.com/www.fanhouse.com/media/2008/04/desmond-howard-425-sm.jpg Bo Schembechler Jackson

    Tiger having a presser today?

  • SteveAlford21

    RMR, the fact that the victims in this situation COULD all be using the same convenient excuse to rationalize the failure of their careers in Oakland is the reason why the anecdotal evidence isn’t really evidence and has to be taken at face value. Hypothetically, they all might have sucked or made lots of bad decisions or just not known what they were doing when they were with the Raiders and Al Davis is the perfect reason for them to give in saying “It’s not MY fault… Al did to me exactly what he did to (x)!!!”

    I don’t think that’s the case, though. As I said, I believe that Al lets the players’ happiness take precedence over the coaches’ desires and their control over the team. I’m just pointing out again that just because all the anecdotal evidence is in agreement, that doesn’t mean that it’s true. Twenty-five people from different walks of life can be on a baseball team and all of them blame an umpire for a loss, but that doesn’t mean it’s the case. They can all say that they saw the ump give a wink and a nod to their opponent’s manager, but that still doesn’t make it fact.

  • Seymour Bush

    # The Real MaddenRaider Says:
    February 17th, 2010 at 11:55 am

    I wasn’t aware the NFL General Manager had a specific and official set of responsibilities.
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    As I said earlier Real MaddenRaider you are looking kind of silly and stupid here. So, you think guys like Bill Polian or Mickey Loomis or Bill Parcells or Scott Pioli run onto the practice field with their arms out like airplane wings buzzing around the field for something to do? Doesn’t ANYONE who has a job NORMALLY have a “specific and official set of responsibilities?” Unless I am missing something really transcendent, you are flaming out worse than the Hindenburg here. “Oh the humanities….”

  • SteveAlford21

    Trade DMAC for a Culture Club LP autographed by Boy George?

  • http://none The Real MaddenRaider

    Steve, could you give me some examples of the “great” things Al Davis has in his head, where building a winning football team is concerned?

  • http://none The Real MaddenRaider

    Seymour Bush, I was just asking you if the NFL had an official definition of a GM and their duties. You gave what at least your perceived as a clear definition of a general manager. I didn’t know the NFL clearly defined what a GM is. My question stands. Do they?

  • jhill

    Grads played 5 times better than Russell?

    LOL!

    What does that mean? Certainly didn’t add up to better offense. Our offense was HORRIBLE in the Cincy and Pittsburgh wins.

    Funny thing is I was actaully enjoying the Pittsburgh game. I thought Cable was calling a good game, and Grads was playing decent. The I looked up and realized that we had all of 6 pts going into the 4th qtr.

  • http://www.blogcdn.com/www.fanhouse.com/media/2008/04/desmond-howard-425-sm.jpg Bo Schembechler Jackson

    SteveAlford21 Says:
    February 17th, 2010 at 12:17 pm
    Trade DMAC for a Culture Club LP autographed by Boy George?

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    Deal! And you can keep the LP.

  • http://none The Real MaddenRaider

    Also, Seymour, I never said anyone runs out with their arms out, or whatever. I don’t know what you mean by that. I just said that I believe the most successful coaches in the league have far more control over personnel and scheme than Tom Cable does in Oakland, and don’t buy your arguments to the contrary. In fact, your argument that Cable has just as much control as other coaches in the league is what’s silly to me.

  • Seymour Bush

    # The Real MaddenRaider Says:
    February 17th, 2010 at 12:11 pm

    I just don’t believe your notion that Tom Cable is given the same amount of control as all other head coaches. I believe he’s given just about the least.
    ================================================

    lst you were saying guys like Cowher and Jim Caldwell made ALL the personnel decisions and Davis made ALL the personnel decisions. Now, you have backtracked and said some coaches probably have more control in those decisions then others. Well, hallelujia!! You think Andy Reid has more personnel control than Jim Mora jr. did last year? Holy moly, get this guy a lollipop.

  • SteveAlford21

    RMR, Drafting Nnamdi (who no one thought was a good pick for the spot where we took him, especially if the intent was to convert him from safety to cover corner) is a great football thought that Al still had in his head. There are several others, but I’m not going to make a list because I’m not trying to defend Al, merely stating that for every good thought he has, there are a ton of bad ones and he needs a new Bruce Allen and some more front office help in order for him to have a chance of succeeding in the modern NFL.