Oakland Raiders Lock Up Sebastion Janikowski: Step One Complete:

Bill HintonCorrespondent IFebruary 16, 2010

OAKLAND, CA - DECEMBER 2:  Sebastian Janikowski #11 of the Oakland Raiders and teammate Shane Lechler #9 follow the path of Janikowski's fiel goal attempt against the New York Jets at Network Associates Coliseum on December 2, 2002 in Oakland, California.  The Raiders won 26-20.  (Photo by Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images
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According to ESPN's Bill Williamson the Raiders are about to make Sebastian Janikowski the highest paid kicker in the league. http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/news/story?id=4918465

I think this is a big first step to a successful offseason for the Raiders. It not only solidifies an area of strength, but also keeps the Raiders from using the franchise tag to retain Sea-bass.

Now the Raiders can move on to retaining Richard Seymour with the bargaining chip of the franchise tag when negotiating a long-term deal.

Once a deal is in place with Seymour, the team can decide which of their own free agents they want to retain. With that in place, the Raiders can move on to targeting other teams free agents in association with plotting a strategy for the draft.

As a fan I'm extremely happy with this move. Sea-bass is the only kicker in the league I'd want to be a Raider.

This is a good first sign that good things will happen this year Raider fans. Is it just me or do things feel different than in years past?

Regardless, Sea-bass will be out there booming them for us next season. Let's hope he gets a chance to make more of the big kicks he's capable of and finally gets the respect he deserves!