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$16 Million Over 4 Years For A Kicker Named Sebastian

I love it when friends of mine in this competitive industry strike record deals for their clients.  That’s why I smiled yesterday when I read that Sebastian Janikowski signed the largest deal in the history of the NFL for a player at his position (kicker).  He has the opportunity to make $16 million on his new 4-year contract (with $9 million of that figure guaranteed).  His agent, Paul Healy is pretty happy.  Healy told me that it is a relief to get the deal done and to not have to go into free agency with a tag.  The funny thing is that I remember Healy printing out the sheet of Franchise Tags the day they came out (at the 2010 UF Sports Law Symposium), and sharing the figures with everyone on the NFL Collective Bargaining Agreement Panel.  If Janikowski would have been tagged by the Raiders, he would have only received $2.8M for 2010.

Now the Oakland Raiders have the most expensive kicker and the most expensive punter (Shane Lechler – 4-years, $16 million).

By Darren Heitner

Darren Heitner created Sports Agent Blog as a New Year's Resolution on December 31, 2005. Originally titled, "I Want To Be A Sports Agent," the website was founded with the intention of causing Heitner to learn more about the profession that he wanted to join, meet reputable individuals in the space and force himself to stay on top of the latest news and trends.

Heitner now runs Heitner Legal, P.L.L.C., which is a law firm with many practice areas, including sports law and contract law. Heitner has represented numerous athletes and sports agents as legal counsel. He has also served as an Adjunct Professor at Indiana University Bloomington from 2011-2014, where he created and taught a course titled, Sport Agency Management, which included subjects ranging from NCAA regulations to athlete agent certification and the rules governing the profession. Heitner serves as an Adjunct Professor at the University of Florida Levin College of Law, where he teaches a Sports Law class that includes case law surrounding athlete agents and the NCAA rules.

3 replies on “$16 Million Over 4 Years For A Kicker Named Sebastian”

How funny is it that Oakland has the highest paid Punter AND Kicker? Iam not sure what that means….

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