McManus hadn't signed his restricted free-agent tender as we went to press and the kicker wants a long-term deal with the Broncos. It's not a big issue, but if there's no deal by June 15 then that could change. Denver used a second-round tender on McManus in March, which would pay him $2.746 million in 2017. For his part, McManus has participated in all of the Broncos' off-season workouts, but if the Broncos and McManus' agent, Drew Rosenhaus, can't come to a long-term agreement, McManus' would have to sign the tender or sit out the 2017 season. The Broncos could also rescind the tender and offer McManus 110 percent of his 2016 salary ($600,000) if he doesn't sign the deal by June 15. McManus, 25, has made 59 field goals over the last two seasons and has made better than 85 percent of his field goals in that span. He made a career-long 57-yarder in 2015 and had a 55-yarder last season. Expect a deal to be reached and for McManus to be handling the Broncos' placement work this fall. But don't include him on your list of draftable fantasy kickers; he's more of a bye-week replacement or DFS play.
Brandon McManus 2016 Outlook
Following an outstanding season in which he changed his kicking technique to improve his accuracy, McManus signed his exclusive rights free-agent tender to remain a Bronco in 2016. McManus, who made 86 percent of his 35 regular-season field-goal attempts and 100 percent of his 10 post-season field-goal tries, was a key factor in the Broncos' Super Bowl season. He was the AFC Special Teams Player of the Month for October, during which time he made nine of 11 field-goal attempts -- including the game-winning 34-yarder in overtime against Cleveland -- and five extra-point attempts. It was an impressive turnaround for McManus after a 2014 season in which he hit just 69.2 percent of his field goal attempts. But last offseason, McManus took the time to retool his kicking technique, removing a "jab step" that caused accuracy issues. In addition to the benefits from playing in the high altitude, a Denver offense with questions at QB could lead to more field-goal attempts.