The Oakland Raiders and place-kicker Sebastian Janikowski, who has played more games (268) for the team than any player in franchise history, are in a contractual standoff that could dictate whether the two sides spend this season together.
Oakland has asked Janikowski, 39, to rework his contract, which calls for him to make $4 million in the final season of his deal, according to a source familiar with the situation. Janikowski so far has declined.
“I’m not exactly sure what all was said. But I can tell you this: I’m way past that,” Harbaugh said before practice. “I haven’t even thought about that for weeks. Our focus is Cincinnati.”
Asked if this is an unwanted distraction, Harbaugh said, “We have two healthy quarterbacks and we’re ready to roll.”
Kaepernick drew national attention last season when he knelt during the national anthem before games as a protest of social injustice, which he said he will no longer do in 2017.
It’s hard to be as hopeful about the defense — the Cowboys weren’t exactly great last season and will be replacing four regular contributors in the secondary. Sean Lee played 15 games, which is his career high, and Jaylon Smith might not be ready for regular snaps as he makes his way back from a major knee injury. This defense could be downright bad, especially early in the season, but if coordinator Rod Marinelli can cajole a pass rush out of Taco Charlton & Co., there’s no ceiling on these Cowboys.