Janikowski was drafted by the Raiders from Florida State in the first round in 2000, during Gruden's first stint as head coach.
The news came down on Wednesday that the 39-year-old veteran kicker will not be brought back to the Raiders, thus, he'll be playing for another team next season if he wants to continue his National Football League career.
But with the Raiders deciding to go in a different direction, he will instead become a free agent. The other is New England quarterback Tom Brady, who just played in his eighth Super Bowl.
Many 20-something NFL-watchers literally can not remember a league that did not feature Janikowski kicking for Oakland. For his career, he possesses an 80.4 percent accuracy mark for field goals. He still possesses a strong leg, and he is healthy again after missing the 2017 season with a back injury. Only a few days later he was placed on injured reserve.
His last appearance came in the team's second preseason game in August. Tavecchio hit 16 of the 21 field-goal attempts last season with his longest coming from 53 yards.