Brandon McManus rewarded with contract extension

SANTA CLARA, CA - FEBRUARY 07: Brandon McManus
SANTA CLARA, CA - FEBRUARY 07: Brandon McManus /

Denver Broncos kicker Brandon McManus has come a long way since he first joined the team in 2014. He was rewarded with a new, three-year deal…

The Denver Broncos have given kicker Brandon McManus a three-year contract extension on top of the one-year restricted free agent deal he is owed in 2017, making him the fourth-highest paid kicker in the NFL.

McManus, a 26-year old kicker from Temple, was making $2.746 million this season on his restricted free agent deal, and the Broncos were undoubtedly going to try to re-sign him after what he’s accomplished the past couple of seasons.

After a slow start to his NFL career, McManus has really turned it on since coming to Denver in a trade with the New York Giants, where he was beat out for the kicker position in 2014 by Josh Brown.

Look how that all turned out…

John Elway himself broke the news on Twitter, even using a picture of McManus from Super Bowl 50:

This is a great move by the Broncos, and here’s how the financial aspect of it all breaks down:

McManus has been absolutely money for the Broncos the past couple of seasons, which makes this new contract a well-deserved one.

The Broncos didn’t need McManus getting to the open market, and kicking in Denver is a dream come true for any professional kicker, much less the guy who gets to spend eight home games per year in that thin air.

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One of the strongest legs in the NFL, McManus showed greatly improved accuracy after he was cut during the 2014 season and replaced with Connor Barth. McManus spent time on the practice squad before eventually, the Broncos carried two kickers on the active roster.

McManus handled kickoffs, and Barth handled the field goal duties.

The 2015 offseason was a critical one for McManus, who was fighting for his job once again. This time, he knocked Connor Barth out of the kicking competition, and was arguably the Broncos’ most valuable ‘offensive’ player the entire season.

As Elway said, he made a lot of big kicks.

The postseason run we saw from McManus in 2015 was incredible, and he’s been clutch for the Broncos. That is the type of kicker you want to keep around for the long haul.