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Raiders Pay Home Talent, But it Costs Them

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When you've got a strategy that works, you stick with it. So it comes as no surprise that the Raiders retained the services of place-kicker Sebastian Janikowski by offering him a stack of cash that could look Robert Gallery in the eye.

Think of it as the Raiders' administrative equivalent of being stubborn with the run.

By any name, you'll recall it as the same move the team put on homegrown free agents Nnamdi Asomugha and punter Shane Lechler last offseason. Both were intrigued by the thought of cashing in with a team that wins more often than the Raiders have since 2002 (then as now, there were 31 to choose from). But both were enticed to remain in Oakland by the prospect of independent wealth.

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