Broncos news: Team releases Connor Barth


Dec 28, 2014; Denver, CO, USA; Denver Broncos kicker Connor Barth (1) attempts a field goal with a hold by punter Britton Colquitt (4) against the Oakland Raiders in the third quarter at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. The Broncos defeated the Raiders 47-14. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports

With the signing of Evan Mathis Tuesday afternoon, the Denver Broncos figured to release a player in order to make room for him. The player the team released was one that surprised quite a few.

The Broncos announced that they have released veteran place kicker Connor Barth in order to make room for Evan Mathis. The seven year veteran was signed by the Broncos late last year after the team was displeased with Brandon McManus’ 9-for-13 performance on field goals.

The move means that Brandon McManus, for now, has won the competition at placekicker. He also has a strong leg, which means that he could be the team’s kickoff specialist. That in itself also means good news for Britton Colquitt.

This move is somewhat shocking to me, but makes some form of sense. Connor Barth struggled to kickoff while Brandon McManus seems to have improved on his field goal kicking. With the Broncos unwilling to go with three separate kickers for the three jobs.

During preseason, I have noticed that Brandon McManus has been working on converting field goals. However, he will be on watch due to his inconsistency from last season. If he really has improved, it will be a good sign to allow the team to use the roster spot for another position.

The move clearly states what the Broncos are looking to do as far as the final roster is concerned. But Connor Barth should get picked up by another team looking for a placekicker. Looking at his statistics, Connor Barth went 15-16 last year on field goals.

Broncos Country wants to wish Connor Barth well in his NFL career and hope that it continues with solid success. We look forward to seeing you on the field once again in 2015 and beyond. A Mile High Salute to Connor Barth.

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