According to Mike Klis of the Denver Post, the Denver Broncos have re-signed Brandon McManus to their practice squad. The move comes a week after the team cut McManus to make room for new kicker, Connor Barth.
McManus was acquired by the Broncos from the New York Giants for a conditional 7th round pick. When the team decided to cut ties with Matt Prater and hang onto McManus, that conditional pick turned into a guaranteed 7th rounder.
McManus started the season by hitting his first 4 kicks, and 6 of his first 7, with a long of 44 yards, before missing 3 of his last 6 attempts. Missing a 33-yarder against the Miami Dolphins prompted the team to make a change, with the signing of Barth last week.
McManus also handled kickoff duties, with 41 touchbacks on 53 kicks, which led the NFL. McManus recorded touchbacks on 13-of-25 kicks on the road, which also tops in the NFL.
In Barth's first game with the Broncos in week 13, he hit on all 5 of his field goal attempts, with a long of 37 yards. He also had a total of 8 kickoffs Sunday, none of which went for touchbacks.
Barth signed a 3 year, $1.8M dollar deal with the team, without any guaranteed money. There has been speculation that if Barth's kickoff production doesn't improve, the Broncos could choose to promote McManus to the active 53-man roster, where he would only handle kickoff duties. This move could be a preemptive strike in that direction, just in case.