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Raiders kickin' it ... Wilforks are watching

Posted by Albert Breer  February 16, 2010 12:45 PM

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I have to preface everything here with the sentence I'm sure you guys would respond with.

It's the Raiders.

OK, now that we have that out of the way, ESPN's Adam Schefter reported this morning that the Raiders have reached an agreement with their rock-star kicker Sebastian Janikowski on a four-year, $16 million deal with $9 million guaranteed. The contract looks pretty much identical to the four-year, $16 million pact -- with $9 million guaranteed -- the Raiders struck with all-world punter Shane Lechler last year.

So that means Oakland will have $8 million a year tied up in their kicker and punter. I wouldn't advocate that, but maybe Al Davis is nostalgic for the days of Ray Guy.

Anyway, how is this relevant to the Patriots? Well, the affable Bianca Wilfork, Vince's wife, issued a couple tweets a few minutes ago. The first one, from @Mrs75: "4 yr 16 mil 9 guar for yall kicker largest in history" ... And then: "Wow oakland kicker".

Safe to say that Vince and his family have a pretty good idea of what's happening around them on the market.

The other Patriot-related nugget to offer here? With Janikowski locked up, the probability that ex-New Englander Richard Seymour gets franchised goes up a notch.
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