Remember Giorgio Tavecchio? Raiders activate former Packers kicker

Remember Giorgio Tavecchio? Raiders activate former Packers kicker

Janikowski, 39, reworked his contract last week to remain with the Raiders and the back injury is not a revelation to Oakland's management. The team also signed Giorgio Tavecchio to serve as their kicker while Janikowski is on IR.

The Raiders put Janikowski on the reserve/injured list, meaning he must miss at least eight games but can be reinstated to the roster after that.

The team made the move a day before the season opener against the Titans.

Kirkland is a reliable backup at guard for Pro Bowlers Kelechi Osemele and Gabe Jackson, while Melifonwu, a second-round pick from UConn, was expected to contribute a lot to their secondary. NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reported Thursday the veteran kicker agreed to take a $1 million pay cut and accepted a $3 million fully guaranteed salary this season.




Packers waived K Giorgio Tavecchio.

Janikowski joined the Raiders as a surprise first-round pick in 2000 and is one of the few remaining ties to late owner Al Davis.

Tavecchio has since been with Oakland at various points over each of the last four seasons.

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