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Wednesday, June 12, 2013
Raiders, Janikowski may pair for long haul

By Bill Williamson

Sebastian Janikowski and Shane Lechler were a team in Oakland.

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They kicked together. They golfed together. They hung together. They were known as the best kicker-punter pair in the NFL for years.

Now, Janikowski is on his own after Lechler left for Houston via free agency. And the 2000 first-round pick says he has no intentions of leaving the Raiders. A pending free agent, the 35-year-old Janikowski told reporters he wants to play seven or eight more NFL seasons and he’d like to retire in Oakland.

I think Janikowski has a chance to get his wish. Oakland will have a surplus of salary-cap room next year and thus the flexibility to re-sign Janikowski if it wishes. Janikowski is still kicking at a high level and is a rare offensive weapon, so I think we could easily see him in silver and black for the long haul.

Here are some assorted AFC West minicamp nuggets:

Broncos coach John Fox had former Denver linebacking great Randy Gradishar speak to the team Wednesday.

Several media outlets noted that Tuesday's session was a rocky one for Oakland's offense. Wednesday, the reports were more positive, with the quarterbacks seemingly throwing the ball better. My reaction remains the same -- it’s June. Things will work themselves out.

San Diego coach Mike McCoy continued to rave about the chemistry the Chargers have displayed and how well they have bought into the new system.

San Diego first-round pick D.J. Fluker is going to be a media darling. The 6-foot-6, 335-pound offensive lineman's personality is as large as he is.

Oakland coach Dennis Allen said the foot injury that is keeping rookie running back Latavius Murray out of minicamp is not serious.