ENGLEWOOD, Colo. — The guy whose teammates simply call B-Mac got the big deal Friday.
Kicker Brandon McManus and the Broncos agreed to a four-year extension that will keep him with the team through the 2024 season, the team announced. It was a deal that multiple team sources called “a priority to get done.”
McManus’ agent, Drew Rosenhaus, told ESPN’s Adam Schefter it’s a $17.2 million extension that includes $9.5 million fully guaranteed.
McManus was in the last year of a four-year deal he signed with the Broncos in 2017 — he has a $3 million base salary this year — and would have been an unrestricted free agent at season’s end. He was the only kicker the Broncos had in training camp, and Denver’s special teams coach Tom McMahon has consistently praised McManus’ readiness for the season.
“B-Mac, he’s hitting the hell out of the ball right now to be honest with you,” McMahon said recently. “The ball is getting up. His ball rotation is never sideways. I love what he’s doing. His kickoffs are awesome. How he’s approaching, he’s just attacking. … His expectations are high.”
McManus’ extension would put him among the highest-paid kickers in the league, given its $4.25 million per year average when it kicks in for the 2021 season. There are currently seven kickers, other than McManus, who have contracts that average at least $4 million a year.
Baltimore’s Justin Tucker, at $5 million per year, has the largest per-year average among the group.
McManus has certainly blossomed since the Broncos sent a conditional seventh-round draft pick to the New York Giants in 2014 to acquire McManus after then-Broncos kicker Matt Prater had been suspended for the first four games of the ’14 season.
The 29-year-old is second in franchise history having made 81.5 percent of his field goal attempts (141-of-173) in his career and the 141 made field goals has him tied with Prater for third in team history. He’s also third in team history with made field goals of at least 50 yards with 17.
And over the past two seasons McManus has made an NFL-best 97.2 percent of field goal attempts from 49 or fewer yards (29-of-34). McManus was also 10-of-10 in field goal attempts in the 2015 postseason, the year the Broncos went on to win Super Bowl 50, and that was the second-most made field goals in a single postseason in playoff history.